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Old April 3rd, 2014 #1
Alex Linder
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Alex Linder
Default Concepts: Intersectionality

Imogen Tyler
FEBRUARY 7, 2014 AT 6:02 AM

The concept of “intersectionality” is not “postmodern” as suggested here, or indeed an invention of the intelligence services!, it was developed in 1978 by the Boston based Combahee River Collective. Intersectionality is a concept developed out of the experiences of black feminist activists as an attempt to negotiate the racism that was inherent within feminist political movements in the US in the 70s and the misogyny black women experienced in counter-cultural, Left and black-power movements. The Combahee collective argued that the “liberation of all oppressed peoples necessitates the destruction of the political and economic systems of Capitalism and Imperialism as well as Patriarchy.” The ongoing work of Angela Davies is perhaps the best example of intersectional thinking. Understanding the history of this idea/ideal is I think useful in understanding the ongoing struggles around it in the political present tense.


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