Intersectionality

A Foundations and Frontiers Reader


Patrick R. Grzanka

First Edition • February 26, 2014 • 384 pages


Print ISBN: 9780813349084 • $45.00 USD$56.50 CAN

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Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader is an accessible, primary-source driven exploration of intersectionality in sociology and related fields. The book maps the origins of the concept, particularly in Black feminist thought and sociology, opens the discourse to challenges and applications across disciplines and outside academia, and explores the leading edges of scholarship to reveal important new directions for inquiry and activism.

Charting the development of intersectionality as an intellectual and political movement, Patrick R. Grzanka brings together in one text both foundational readings and emerging classics. Original material includes: Grzanka’s nuanced introduction which provides broad context and poses guiding questions; thematic unit introductions; author biographies and suggestions for further reading to ground each excerpt; and a conclusion by Bonnie Thornton Dill reflecting on the past, present, and future of intersectionality. With its balanced mix of analytical, applied, and original content, Intersectionality is an essential component of any course on race, class, and gender, feminist theory, or social inequalities.


Patrick R. Grzanka is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee. Grzanka’s research investigates the social life of emotions, such as shame, guilt, and happiness, with a particular focus on how emotions manifest at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. His research has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, and his writing has appeared in a wide range of journals, including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Symbolic Interaction, American Journal of Bioethics: Neuroscience, and Sexualities.

Introduction: Intersectional Objectivity, Patrick R. Grzanka
UNIT I: LAW
Introduction: Systems of Oppression, Patrick R. Grzanka
1. Life is Complicated, and Other Observations, Patricia Williams
2. Immigrant Act, Lisa Lowe
3. The Structural and Political Dimensions of Intersectional Oppression, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw
4. Diaspora, Asylum, and Family, Chandan Reddy

UNIT II: EPISTEMOLOGY
Introduction: Power/Knowledge/Position, Patrick R. Grzanka
5. Racism and Women’s Studies, Barbara Smith
6. Situated Knowledges and the Persistence of Vision, Donna Haraway
7. The Trouble with Postmodernism, Patricia Hill Collins
8. Felt Intuition, Philip Brian Harper
9. Queer of Color Critique and the Canon, Roderick Ferguson

UNIT III: IDENTITIES
Introduction: The (Intersectional) Self and Society, Patrick R. Grzanka
10. Black Women and Welfare, Angela Y. Davis
11. The “Home” Question, Chandra Talpade Mohanty
12. Identity as a Weapon of Mass Destruction, Shuddhabrata Sengupta
13. “It’s Not Psychology”: Gender, Intersectionality, and Activist Science, Stephanie Shields

UNIT IV: SPACE, PLACE, COMMUNITIES, AND GEOGRAPHIES
Introduction: The Cartographic Imagination, Patrick R. Grzanka
14. Feminist Architecture, Gloria Anzaldúa
15. Why Are the Gay Ghettoes White?, Charles I. Nero
16. Sex and Tourism, Nan Alamilla Boyd
17. Black on the Block, Mary Pattillo

UNIT V: CULTURE AND THE POLITICS OF REPRESENTATION
Introduction: Media as Sites/Sights of Justice, Patrick R. Grzanka
18. Why Are You Laughing?, bell hooks
19. Ambivalent Drag, Judith Butler
20. Unconventional Subjects, Kara Keeling
21. The Sixpack as “High Art”, Rosalind Gill

UNIT VI: VIOLENCE, RESISTANCE, AND ACTIVISM
Introduction: On Pragmatism, Patrick R. Grzanka
22. Anger as a Response to Racism, Audre Lorde
23. The Demography of Sexual Harassment, Marla H. Kohlman
24. Academia and Activism, Patricia Ticineto Clough and Michelle Fine
25. Social Movements in the Wake of Katrina, Rachel Luft

UNIT VII: NATIONS, BORDERS, AND MIGRATIONS
Introduction: Transnational Interventions, Patrick R. Grzanka
26. Feminism and Colonialism, Chandra Talpade Mohanty
27. Imagine Otherwise, Kandice Chuh
28. Thomas Jefferson’s Desires, Siobhan B. Somerville
29. Rosario’s Lament: Mothering Across Borders, Heather Hewett

UNIT VIII: POLITICS, RIGHTS, AND JUSTICE
Introduction: Political Diffractions, Patrick R. Grzanka
30. The New Homonormativity, Lisa Duggan
31. The Spirit of Neoliberalism, Jodi Melamed
32. A Mother’s Plea for Help, Ruth Wilson Gilmore
33. Legislative Representation and Welfare Policymaking, Beth Reingold and Adrienne R. Smith

UNIT IX: SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND BODIES
Introduction: Science and Technology Studies as Tools for Social Justice, Patrick R. Grzanka
34. Science, Race, and Sexuality, Siobhan B. Somerville
35. Race and Risk Across the Science-Lay Divide, Janet K. Shim
36. Cyberfeminisms: Race, Gender, and Embodiment, Jessie Daniels
37. Wily Patients and Welfare Queens, Khiara M. Bridges
38. Disability Is the New Gender, Nancy J. Hirschmann

UNIT X: METHODS
Introduction: What Do We Do Now?, Patrick R. Grzanka
39. Occupy Intersectionality, Avtar Brah and Ann Phoenix
40. When Black + Woman + Lesbian ? Black Lesbian Woman, Lisa Bowleg
41. Intersectional Psychology: (At Least) Three Questions, Elizabeth R. Cole
42. From Intersections to Assemblages, Jasbir K. Puar

EPILOGUE
Frontiers, Bonnie Thornton Dill

Praise for Intersectionality: A Foundations and Frontiers Reader by Patrick R. Grzanka
“This well-curated and insightfully organized collection will be a tremendous resource both to novices wanting to learn about the origins and rationale for the concept of intersectionality, as well as those looking for cutting-edge applications in theory, policy, and research.” —Elizabeth R. Cole, University of Michigan
“Grzanka historicizes and situates the multidisciplinary field of intersectionality studies, managing to achieve a depth and breadth that academics in the field will appreciate, while engaging in a clear and straightforward writing style that also makes this a suitable undergraduate text. Weve needed a work like this for quite some time.” —Vrushali Patil, Florida International University
“This reader is an invaluable resource on learning and teaching about intersectionality. Setting it apart is Patrick Grzanka’s innovative mapping of the multiple, interdisciplinary, and diverse arcs that constitute the field. The in-depth introduction to intersectionality’s histories, methodologies, and objectives and useful overviews of its key areas of concern and criticism make the reader suitable for the uninitiated as well as the more informed audiences. Grzanka’s flair for rendering theoretical complexity into lucid accessible prose breathes life into intersectionality’s ongoing relevance and transformative potentials. Essential reading for anyone seeking breadth and depth in intersectionality as a critical social theory and methodology.” —Jyoti Puri, Simmons College
“This engaging and informative text gathers in one location the key, interdisciplinary texts that will give my students a broad understanding of intersectionality’s evolution.” —Laura Gillman, Virginia Tech
“A creative and diligent collection of foundational, contemporary, and interdisciplinary readings… This wonderful contribution will satisfy many of us looking for a text that is simultaneously accessible to undergrads and sufficiently rigorous for graduate classes on intersectionality.” —Marla Kohlman, Kenyon College

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