Intersectionality and Feminist Theory: Reflections on the Current Debate in Europe
8 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2009 Last revised: 8 Sep 2009
Date Written: August 21, 2009
During the last few years, intersectionality has become not only one of the most prominent topics of feminist theory in Europe, but also one of its most serious challenges, pressing to acknowledge that European nations are no homogenous entities and calling for more complex accounts of gender relations and forms of gender injustice. Currently, many scholars embrace intersectionality as a concept, but considerably fewer attempt to also provide theoretical accounts of intersectionality with regard to European contexts. In my paper, I would like to do two things. First, I would like to highlight some of the most important and/or most interesting positions that have been put forward within the current intersectionality debate in Europe. Secondly, I would like to reflect on some of the implications of the fact that one of the most prominent topics of feminist theory right now is organized around a rather open concept.
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