The Theory Of Intersectionality, Identity Politics, And Violence Against Women Of Color

1410 Words Oct 13th, 2016 6 Pages
The theory of intersectionality, coined by legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw in 1989 in her ground-breaking article Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, has been regarded as one of the most important contributions to feminist scholarship. This theory allows for examination of intersections of identities, and how these intersections form individual identities. However, this definition is vague and does not explain how one should study intersectionality, which has led many scholars to critique intersectionality. Two such scholars, Kathy Davis, and Jennifer Nash, both critique the murkiness of intersectionality and come to two separate and differing conclusions. Davis argues that the vagueness of intersectionality is what makes it such a successful theory, appealing to all feminist thinkers; Nash argues that there needs to be a clear definition and way to ‘do’ intersectional theory to address complexity and become an inclusive theory. Although Davis and Nash’s conception of intersectional theory are similar in that they both address the issues of ambiguity in defining intersectionality, their views on the implications of this vagueness with regards to methodology, and the conceptualization of intersectional theory differ greatly. In Davis’ article Intersectionality as Buzzword she addresses the question of what intersectionality means and how one can use it in feminist thought. Utilizing Murray S. Davis’ articles…

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