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Black Women in Higher Education: Toward Comparative Intersectionality

  • Talia Esnard
  • Deirdre Cobb-Roberts
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Abstract

Intersectionality theory offers a methodological approach, a heuristic tool, and an epistemological stance for understanding and combating multiple forms/manifestations of marginalization (Davis in Women, race and class. New York, Random House, 1981; Giddings in When and where I enter: The impact of Black women on race and sex in America. New York, William Morrow, 1984; hooks in Feminist theory: From margin to center. Brooklyn, South End Press, 1984; Collins in Black feminist thought: Knowledge, consciousness and the politics of empowerment. Boston, Unwin-Hyman, 1990; Davis in Feminist Theory 9: 67–85, 2008; Carbado, Crenshaw-Williams, Mays, & Tomlinson in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race 10: 303–312, 2013). In its classical sense, intersectionality has been used to explain how fields/structures of power (for instance gender, race, class, and nation, to name a few) interact to produce social inequities for any limitless combination of identities. In particular, the theory delves into the systematic and structural analysis of social hierarchies, processes, power dynamics, and their collective relationship to social identities; particularly for marginalized women.

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  1. 1.University of the West IndiesSt. AugustineTrinidad and Tobago
  2. 2.University of South FloridaTampaUSA

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