Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: October 18, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412979344 | Print ISBN: 9781412960830 | Online ISBN: 9781412979344| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this handbook
Chapter 4: Intersectionalities of Race and Gender and Leadership
Wendy G. Smooth
Intersectionalities of race and gender and leadership Intersectionality scholarship has emerged as one of the most significant areas of research across disciplines and fields of study. It even has been considered “the most important theoretical contribution that women's studies in conjunction with related fields has made so far” (McCall, 2005, p. 1771). Intersectionality focuses on the differences among women, moving beyond simply the differences between men and women. It highlights the inequalities that exist among groups as well as between groups. Intersectionality is an approach to understanding the ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and nationality, among other categories of social identity, intersect to produce unique social locations and experiences that are equal to more than just the sum of their parts. According to this approach, these categories are mutually constituted and defy separation into discrete categories of analysis. Intersectionality scholars are concerned foremost with the systems of ...