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Intersectionality and the quality of the gender equality architecture
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Dept Sociology, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7822-4563
Dept Sociology, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England.
Dept Sociology, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, England.
2012 (English)In: Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, ISSN 1072-4745, E-ISSN 1468-2893, Vol. 19, no 4, p. 446-481Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The restructuring of the equality architecture in Britain is analyzed for its implications for the theory and practice of intersectionality. Going beyond McCall and Hancock, different approaches to the intersection of multiple inequalities are identified and investigated for their utility in the theory and practice of equality in the context of multiple intersecting equalities. In particular, the preference for “mutual constitution” rather than “mutual shaping” is interrogated. Several definitions of and several criteria of quality of the equality architecture are identified, drawing on a discussion of the literature. It is found that while restructuring of the British equality architecture increased its quality in some aspects, by widening its coverage of multiple inequalities and policy domains, in other aspects it reduced it, notably in its resources. The findings vary according to the definition of the equality architecture deployed. Conclusions for the theory and practice of intersectionality are drawn. The prioritization of “mutual constitution” in theory and practice is found to be flawed; “mutual shaping” is offered as a more successful approach.

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2012. Vol. 19, no 4, p. 446-481
Keywords [en]
equality architecture, intersectionality, Britain, gender
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Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-29252DOI: 10.1093/sp/jxs015ISI: 000312108100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-29252DiVA, id: diva2:624104
Available from: 2013-05-30 Created: 2013-05-30 Last updated: 2018-05-12Bibliographically approved

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