Poverty at the Intersections: Implications for Socially Just Community-Based Practice



Recently, Yakushko, Davidson, and Williams (Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training 46:180–192, 2009) attempted to parse psychologists’ difficulty in making headway in addressing intersectionality. They pointed to such obstacles as multicultural practice guidelines that pertain to discrete identity groups (e.g., such as racial–ethnic groups or LGBTQ individuals) and multicultural scholarship that often examines a single identity in isolation. With regard to the lingering separation between multiculturalism and feminism, they cited three divisive issues identified by Williams and Barber (Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 32:390–401, 2004): “(a) the difficulty in giving up either gender or racial privilege, (b) internal strife within both multiculturalism and feminism, and (c) the shared marginalization of feminist and multicultural approaches within traditional psychology” (Yashuko et al., 2009, p. 181).


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