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Feminist theorizing of intersectionality
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. (Centre for Feminist Social Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7822-4563
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper arises from collective work within the 5-year Swedish Research Council project, “Feminist Theorizings of Intersectionality”, organised within the GEXcel Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (Örebro-Karls-tad-Linköping Universities), with a specific focus on the equality architecture, and in part from the EU FP6 project QUING.

The whole larger project examines intersectionality as a central concept in con-temporary gender studies, in relation and dialogue with the diverse, and some-times conflictual, theoretical and political stances in feminist debates. The project is designed against the background of the rich and diverse feminist traditions for theorizing of intersectionality, but it is also informed by the tensions between these traditions.

This paper analyses and compares how equality architectures (Walby, Arm-strong, Strid, 2012, Social Politics) in Europe are restructured and challenged by the developments related to intersectionality and diversity, and the implications of the restructuring for theories of intersectionality . It links concepts of equality and intersectionality to policy frames and frameworks . It examines how the chal-lenges of intersectionality are reflected and dealt with “on the ground”, in practical equality architectures on national and institutional level, e .g . in governments and universities, and the implications for gender equality and for the quality of the gender equality architecture . It takes the merger of equality institutions in Euro-pean countries as case studies and analyses the implications of the mergers for theory and practice.

Preliminary conclusions based on previous research (Walby, Armstrong, Strid, 2012, Social Politics, QUING) suggest that even though the quality of the architec-ture may have improved by the inclusion of multiple inequalities, there may be a reduction of quality in terms of resources . For theory, preliminary conclusions suggest that intersectionality as mutual shaping (Walby, Armstrong, Strid, 2012, Sociology) may be a more successful approach to theory and practice than the often-prioritised mutual constitution

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-42699OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-42699DiVA: diva2:788891
Conference
International Sociological Association (ISA) World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19, 2014
Projects
Feminist Theorizings of Intersectionality, Transversal Dialogues and New Synergies
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-02-16 Created: 2015-02-16 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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