Intersectionality In The Academy

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Challenging the Inclusion of Intersectionality in the Academy
Introduction
With this paper, I will explore the inclusion of intersectionality in the academy. To do so, I will provide a genealogical analysis of the ways in which intersectionality has been taken up and implemented by the neo-liberal academy and feminist scholars. The purpose of this paper, then, is to trace the history of intersectionality in relation to the academy in order to consider a future that is beyond inclusion. My analysis will start with the initial connection between intersectional ideas and academic scholarship. In this section, I will outline the somewhat tumultuous understanding of the origin of intersectionality in academia. Next, I will explain how intersectionality
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Next, Double Jeopardy: To Be Black and Female, an essay written by Frances Beal, provided an analysis of the structural forces that are at play in the life experiences of black women (Collins & Bilge, 2016, 66). Beal critiqued capitalism, as well as the role of patriarchy in the Black Power movement and racism within the white women’s liberation movement (Collins & Bilge, 2016, 66). Although not an exhaustive list of examples, I include these examples to show that intersectional ideas have a longstanding …show more content…
As Crenshaw mentions, to categorize and to name is an exercise of power (Crenshaw, 1991, 1297). It is not my intent to suggest it is inherently wrong to acknowledge Crenshaw’s contribution to intersectionality, or in fact, her coining of the phrase. Nor am I suggested that Crenshaw’s work on intersectionality is not valuable and significant. Rather, what I seek to trouble is the social and material consequences of the categorization process (Crenshaw, 1991, 1297). Put another way, I wish to question the focus by both academia and academics on an interpretation of Crenshaw’s work alone. Further, these consequences are most prominent when considered in relation to academia and

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