Crenshaw's Theory Of Intersectionality

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Intersectionality is a theory that was coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw in the late eighties. The term was created through her analysis. The analysis was of the two forms of violence that men commit against women. This combined with racism and sexism is what she terms intersectionality.
The theory states that the various aspects of humanity do not exist separate from each other but rather are interwoven. These aspects are gender, race, sexual orientation, class, and disability. Systems of justice often try to isolate or separate each aspect. When this is done essential meanings can be lost and misconceptions can be formed (Crenshaw, 2016).
This theory proposes that you cannot examine one aspect of an individual to understand their perception in
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Cultural competence is the idea or practice of putting personal bias aside in order to recognize, understand, and embrace someone else’s culture. With cultural competence, it is important to identify and acknowledge any biases you may have. Once this is done you can examine why it is you have those biases and address them (The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, 2017).
Key Components of an Ethnographic Interview
An ethnographic interview that is conducted one-on-one in order to gather and preform qualitative research (Hardina, 2013). As a social worker, it is important to understand the community we are working in. This means understanding the prevalent cultures that are in that community. In order to best serve our clients, we must understand what is important to them and who they are as individuals. Knowing who someone is first requires understanding their culture and values.
Ethnographic interviews are a great way to acquire this type of knowledge about an individual. Each community consists of different neighborhoods which can differ in culture and values. While these interviews can give you a better understanding about a culture and the individuals who are in it, it is important to remember to remain humble and understand that you are an outsider of this particular culture (Hardina,
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One of these components is to examine your biases that you may have about individuals from other cultures. You must also ask people questions about their culture and beliefs. Listening to people and hearing their stories is also important. Noticing differences in communication and values and not assuming that just because the majority of people do or believe something does not mean that it is the only way or the right way. It is also important to place yourself in someone else’s shoes. This means to try to examine and understand their culture and their experiences (Hardina,

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