Why Should We Account for Intersectionality in Quantitative Analysis of Survey Data?

  • Joshua Dubrow


While in the social sciences most of the empirically-based research on intersectionality employs qualitative techniques such as in-depth interviewing and archival work, there is a small, but steadily growing, literature that employs quantitative statistical techniques on national and cross-national survey data.


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  • Joshua Dubrow
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  1. 1.WarsawDeutschland

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