Addressing Social Problems Is Complex, Especially When Viewing Problems

1538 Words Dec 13th, 2016 7 Pages
Addressing social problems is complex, especially when viewing problems intersectionality. Intersectional application is the recognition of different forms of power and agency, or lack thereof, in an institution or society. Patricia Hill Collins (2015) describes intersectionality the best she can
The term intersectionality references the critical insight that race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nation, ability, and age operate not as unitary, mutually exclusive entities, but rather as reciprocally constructing phenomena (1).

Though the framework for this paper is one focused on gender and race; specifically looking at the experience of black and brown people on campus. Not every race and gender experiences the same agency on campus. To create a community that is inclusive of all genders and non-genders, there must be an intersectional approach. Race matters when having a conversation about gender inclusion, especially at Michigan State University (MSU). Though MSU is not made up of the entire society, it greatly reflects the same social facts as larger societies. The framework of intersectionality in which to address challenging gender norms is to view gender and race as ongoing projects. Projects in which the way gender and race are inforced and reinforced takes many different forms in different micro-societies at MSU. Gender norms have existed at MSU since the school began in 1855. This is in part because MSU represented the larger community, in which gender and…

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