Intersectional Praxis

16 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 15 Sep 2009

Date Written: 2009


There has been a great deal of focus on how to do intersectionality research, and less attention on how individuals or groups might do intersectionality. And how do we know it when we see it? This paper is an exploratory incursion into those questions. I argue that intersectional praxis rests on two requirements: intersectional recognition, or attention to the role of difference in terms of acknowledgement and analysis; and a politics of accountability, or a commitment to aid in the eradication of oppressive relations. The research for this paper and the research questions that guide it were developed on a preliminary basis, and have expanded in tandem with the field research itself, conducted in Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Keywords: intersectionality, latin america, uruguay, costa rica

Suggested Citation

Townsend-Bell, Erica, Intersectional Praxis (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN:

Erica Townsend-Bell (Contact Author)

University of Iowa ( email )

341 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1097
United States

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