Title Intersectionality
Subtitle Origins, Contestations, Horizons
Author Anna Carastathis
ISBN 9781496212481
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No of pages 300
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Nebraska Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“This is, perhaps, Carastathis’s greatest insight: she urges us to think about intersectionality as a ‘profoundly destabilizing, productively disorienting, provisional concept’ whose work remains to be done. In this account, intersectionality refers to our desire to keep dreaming of a more just social world.”

—Jennifer C. Nash, American Quarterly


Intersectionality follows a clear theoretical arc and stages multiple interventions throughout, making it a resource for one well versed in the field or encountering it for the first time.”

—Desiree Valentine, Critical Philosophy of Race


“Anna Carastathis confronts an enduring obstacle to taking up intersectionality’s potential: she illustrates how an ongoing, monist fragmentation of identities, communities, politics, and perceptions buttresses power hierarchies and reinforces exclusion by design.”

—Vivian M. May, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy


“Better theory is what Carastathis wants, and that implies for her a more fundamental critique of naturalized and essentialized groups and a ‘profoundly destabilizing, productively disorienting, provisional concept that disaggregates false unities, undermines false universalisms, and unsettles false entitlements.’”

—Myra Marx Ferree, Contemporary Sociology


“Anna Carastathis’s careful and sustained engagement with Kimberlé Crenshaw’s work is uniquely illuminating and helpful.”

—Zenzele Isoke, author of Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance


A 2017 Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Intersectionality intervenes in the field of intersectionality studies: the integrative examination of the effects of racial, gendered, and class power on people’s lives. While “intersectionality” circulates as a buzzword, Anna Carastathis joins other critical voices to urge a more careful reading. Challenging the narratives of arrival that surround it, Carastathis argues that intersectionality is a horizon, illuminating ways of thinking that have yet to be realized; consequently, calls to “go beyond” intersectionality are premature. A provisional interpretation of intersectionality can disorient habits of essentialism, categorial purity, and prototypicality and overcome dynamics of segregation and subordination in political movements.

Through a close reading of critical race theorist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s germinal texts, published more than twenty-five years ago, Carastathis urges analytic clarity, contextual rigor, and a politicized, historicized understanding of this widely traveling concept. Intersectionality’s roots in social justice movements and critical intellectual projects—specifically Black feminism—must be retraced and synthesized with a decolonial analysis so its radical potential to actualize coalitions can be enacted.





Chapter 1. Intersectionality, Black Feminist Thought, and Women-of-Color Organizing   

Chapter 2. Basements and Intersections

Chapter 3. Intersectionality as a Provisional Concept

Chapter 4. Critical Engagements with Intersectionality

Chapter 5. Identities as Coalitions   

Chapter 6. Intersectionality and Decolonial Feminism 




About the Author:

Anna Carastathis is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Social Anthropology at Panteion University in Athens, Greece. She coedited an issue of Refuge journal titled “Intersectional Feminist Interventions in the ‘Refugee Crisis.’” She has published work in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Review, Philosophy Compass, and Why Race and Gender Still Matter: An Intersectional Approach.

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People interested in gender equality and cultural studies.

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