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Intersectionalism vs. Intersectionality: What's the Difference?

Intersectionalism and Intersectionality Definitions


The study of minorities within minorities, or intersections between minorities; specifically, the study of the interactions of multiple systems of oppression or discrimination.


A framework for understanding how multiple categories of identity (such as gender, race, and class) interact in ways that create complex systems of oppression and power.


The phenomenon resulting from such interactions.


The quality or state of being intersectional, that is, of being characterized by intersection (especially of multiple forms of discrimination).
The intersectionality of these issues
The intersectionality of race, gender, class, ethnicity, age, generation, marital status, and place of origin


The study of (or a sociological methodology of studying) overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

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