Assignment: Case Marxism and Class
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IN THIS PAPER I EXAMINE the genealogy of “intersectionality.” More specifically, I look at the history of the conceptualization of “diversity” as consisting of the interaction of multiple “categories of social difference,” for example race, class, gender, etc.1 “Intersec- tionality” turns out to be only one of several attractive yet flawed concepts deployed over the past 80-plus years to represent such social
1 For the sake of manageability, I base my discussion on U. S. examples and history. I leave aside as well certain thorny problems of ideology, although I mostly agree with Martha Gimenez, who writes (in a private communication, January 26, 2017):
I think a reference to a “history of the conceptualization of diversity” needs to bring up some considerations of the way the emergence of “diversity,” as a concept, was also concomitant to the process of cultural- izing inequality, oppression and exploitation. The notion of diversity, I believe, is part of the process of obfuscation [of] the political nature of feminist theories and theories of racial and ethnic oppression, exclusion and exploitation, reducing their claims and objectives to integration in the occupational and educational institutions.
The concern for diversity leaves behind a focus on structural changes that could benefit the group and replaces it with upward mobility for the few.
(See also Benn Michaels, 2006; Fields, 2000, 118; Ahmed, 2012; Cabrera, 2006; and James, 2016.)
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heterogeneity. I conclude with some suggestions for developing a more adequate approach to conceptualizing “diversity.”
The Standard Account
Black feminist scholars invented the notion of “intersectionality” in the late 1980s. It then went on to become the dominant way of conceptualizing “diversity” in and beyond the academy. Here, from Wikipedia, is a typical introductory discussion:
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