Origins, Contestations, Horizons

Anna Carastathis

Expanding Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Series

300 pages
1 illustration


November 2016


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About the Book

Intersectionality intervenes in the field of intersectionality studies: the integrative examination of the effects of racial, gendered, and class power on people’s lives. While “intersectionality” circulates as a buzzword, Anna Carastathis joins other critical voices to urge a more careful reading. Challenging the narratives of arrival that surround it, Carastathis argues that intersectionality is a horizon, illuminating ways of thinking that have yet to be realized; consequently, calls to “go beyond” intersectionality are premature. A provisional interpretation of intersectionality can disorient habits of essentialism, categorial purity, and prototypicality and overcome dynamics of segregation and subordination in political movements.

Through a close reading of critical race theorist Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s germinal texts, published more than twenty-five years ago, Carastathis urges analytic clarity, contextual rigor, and a politicized, historicized understanding of this widely traveling concept. Intersectionality’s roots in social justice movements and critical intellectual projects—specifically Black feminism—must be retraced and synthesized with a decolonial analysis so its radical potential to actualize coalitions can be enacted.



Author Bio

Anna Carastathis has published work in Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Review, Philosophy Compass, and Why Race and Gender Still Matter: An Intersectional Approach.


“Anna Carastathis’s careful and sustained engagement with Kimberlé Crenshaw’s work is uniquely illuminating and helpful.”—Zenzele Isoke, assistant professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies at the University of Minnesota and author of Urban Black Women and the Politics of Resistance

Table of Contents




1. Intersectionality, Black Feminist Thought, and Women-of-Color Organizing

2. Basements and Intersections

3. Intersectionality as a Provisional Concept

4. Critical Engagements with Intersectionality

5. Identities as Coalitions

6. Intersectionality and Decolonial Feminism




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