Class 9 (Prof. dr. Joz Motmans) Intersectionality as a Method ((Hancock) …
Class 9 (Prof. dr. Joz Motmans)
Intersectionality as a Method
Intersectionality as Method: A Note
I " beginsin the concrete experiencesof the race an gender togetherin the livesof real people" >> not just theory
law cases - missed intersectional opportunities
an analysis which is greater than a sum of racism + sexism
Practicing Intersectionality in Sociological Research
3 defining aspects of I
("giving voice to the oppressed")
Weldon (2008) Intersectionality only OR intersectionality plus
3 styles of understanding I
(inclusion). multiply-marginalized groups at the center of research BUT no one is ever just privileged or oppressed + ly including ‘difference’ often substitutes an implicit norm of whiteness or heterosexuality
(interactions). Highlights power as relational. Core - comparative analysis. Context. Explicit comparison
(institutions). I as shaping the entire social system. Historically determined.
both a normative theoretical argument and an approach to conducting empirical research + role of paradigms
3 conceptual approaches
. examines/privileges a
single category (race OR gender)
, universalizing (one explanation fits all members of the group), categories as stable, no within-group differences
multiple categories as isolated phenomena (race AND gender)
. Categories as static. Homogenity of cases.Certain groups fall between intersections
intersecting categories (race INTERACTS with gender)
. Within-category differences. "Fuzzy" concepts.
For standard identity politics supporters, a unitary category serves to bind ppl into a political group based on a uniform set of experiences"
CRITIQUE OF I
1) ever-exponentially incresing sub-categories 2) mostly - case-studies >> assumption that I - "mere description"
examples for (quantitative) research
importance of language