[ in-ter-sek-shuh-nal-i-tee ]

  1. Also called intersectionality theory, intersectional theory . the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual (often used attributively): Her paper uses a queer intersectionality approach.

  2. the oppression and discrimination resulting from the overlap of an individual’s various social identities: the intersectionality experienced by Black women.

Origin of intersectionality

Coined in 1989 by U.S. legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw (born 1959); intersectional + -ity

Words Nearby intersectionality Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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