Analysis Of The Article ' Types Of Intersectionality, Structural, Political, And Representational.

2357 Words Feb 8th, 2015 10 Pages
Amanda Fraistat
ETHN 152
February 6, 2015
Take-Home Midterm
Part 1
1) Crenshaw (1991), Section 2A:
Kimberle Chrenshaw’s article depicted three different types of intersectionality: structural, political and representational. Conceptual differences distinguish the three types from each other.
The first type, structural intersectionality, is when different types of inequalities are present in an individual such as ones gender, race or class, and “… then are compounded by the racially discriminatory employment and housing practices … as well as by the disproportionately high unemployment …” (Chrenshaw 1246). Chrenshaw talks about how black women face this intersection and that there is no intervention strategy that focuses on the multiple problems they face. Structural intersectionality is also deeply ingrained in society. Political intersectionality is when an individual is stuck in two different “subordinating groups that frequently pursue conflicting political agendas” (Chrenshaw 1252). For example, a black woman might be facing some discriminatory policies due to her race as well as due to the fact that she is a woman. Therefore, she would have the choice of joining an antiracist group or a feminist group; however, neither one group deals with the main problems she faces. The third category is representational intersectionality, which is the way in which individuals facing intersectionality are “represented in cultural imagery” (Chrenshaw 1282). Chrenshaw gives the example…
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