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IntersectionalityAn Intellectual History$
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Ange-Marie Hancock

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199370368

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199370368.001.0001

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The Multicultural Epistemology of Intersectionality

The Multicultural Epistemology of Intersectionality

(p.72) 3 The Multicultural Epistemology of Intersectionality

Ange-Marie Hancock

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on uncovering the interdisciplinary, multiracial, ontological, and epistemological tenets of intersectionality theory. Two distinct features of this effort are: the serious and significant attention to power and privilege, and the attention to ambivalence in earlier intersectionality-like thought about the project of reconceptualizing categorical relationships. This chapter excavates a distinct set of ontological and epistemological tenets that embrace contingency and reflexivity in ways that bring together the complexities of power and identity that intersectionality is known for. As codeveloping frameworks, standpoint theory, multicultural feminist thought, and intersectionality all claim to provide space for group-level analysis of difference. Hence the chapter traces how these frameworks emerge from similar origins and then diverge into conceptually distinct intellectual projects, largely based on distinctions regarding the analytical relationships between categories of difference.

Keywords:   categorical relationships, categories of difference, standpoint theory, multicultural feminist thought, intersectionality, intersectionality's intellectual projects, intersectionality-like thought

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