Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges


Thomas Moeller (Editor)

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status
BISAC: SOC008000

Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges first presents a study wherein two students, one male and one female, were interviewed about their transition from a historically black college and university undergraduate program to a predominantly white institution for their graduate studies in biochemistry. The students had similar undergraduate experiences and both shared feelings of isolation, the drawbacks of academic rigor in graduate STEM programs, and the need to represent both themselves and their race.

Next, the authors explore narrative responses of bisexual Latinx women and, through an intersectionality lens, adapted the minority stress model to include their experiences. This study further supports the need for intersectional minority stress research and a necessary focus on sexually marginalized bisexual Latinx women.

The closing chapter summarizes the way in which intersectionality has been at the center of both feminist debates and the theory of gender. In the United States, Canada and Europe, it has achieved a hegemonic status strengthened by its multiple possible applications.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. ”I’m Representing All Black People” A Case Study of the Intersectional Experiences of STEM Students Transferring from an HBCU to a Diverse Urban University
(David M. Sparks, EdD, Kathryn Pole, PhD, and Jason Denhartog, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas, US, and others)

Chapter 2. I’m Not Going to Choose a Side Hermana: Adding Voices of Bisexual Latinx Women to an Intersectional Minority Stress Model
(Dumayi Maria Gutierrez, PhD, Couple and Family Therapy, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, US)

Chapter 3. Adding Interactions in Order to Model Intersectionality: An Empirical Study on Self-Perceived Health Status in Argentina
(Matías S. Ballesteros and Mercedes Krause, IIGG-UBA/CONICET and IIGG-UBA)

Chapter 4. Bibliography



“For a democracy to thrive in a pluralistic society, the pathways to opportunities should be open to all equally, with level playing fields and mitigations against stereotyping and exclusion. This should especially be so in institutions of higher education, which can be the differences not only for individual lives but for societies as a whole. There are benefits to including creative and divergent thinkers and doers. One step in this direction is to better understand social relationships in society, including problem areas that may need attention. Thomas Moeller’s Intersectionality: Concepts, Perspectives and Challenges is comprised of three works surround the issue of “intersectionality,” as a way of understanding people’s complex identities and embodied experiences and their social statuses (or its lack) in contemporary societies. As a term, “intersectionality” is a highly contested one. Intersectionality, as a framework, refers to “how aspects of one’s social and political identities (e.g., gender, race, class, sexuality, disability, etc.) might combine to create unique modes of discrimination” (“Intersectionality,” Feb. 15, 2020); the insights from this approach are used to help address combined discriminatory injustices, given the real-world complexities of human interrelationships…Humans are complex beings, and triply so with the overlays of socialization and cultural dimensions. Social identities are constantly evolving along with societies, and engaging these with empirical knowledge can be powerful in building more equitable and just and inclusive societies, for the benefit of all…READ MORE-Shalin Hai-Jew for C2C Digital Magazine (Spring/Summer 2020), Instructional Designer, Kansas State University

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