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Amongst the disciplines: anthropology, sociology, intersection, and intersectionality

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Cathrine Degnen



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Sage Publications Ltd, 2017.

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The history of relations between anthropology and sociology in the UK might at best be described as ‘studied indifference’. And yet, they have shared disciplinary interests in many respects, including the concepts of belonging and identity. This article resists disciplinary boundaries and ‘thinks together’ sociological interpretations of intersectionality and anthropological notions of intersection. We argue that whilst intersectionality offers a frame to think about the co-constitution of ethnic, racial, class, sexual and gendered identities and the production of social inequalities, anthropological approaches to intersection draw on a cultural form and social logic encountered during ethnographic fieldwork that emphasises ideas about interrelatedness, belonging, place, temporality, connection and disconnection. In juxtaposing these two approaches, we seek firmer traction to better articulate the shape and scope of the ways in which scholars in both fields might develop new ways of explaining the lives and the concerns of the people we work with.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Degnen C, Tyler K

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: The Sociological Review

Year: 2017

Volume: 65

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-53

Print publication date: 01/03/2017

Online publication date: 27/03/2017

Acceptance date: 26/01/2017

Date deposited: 26/01/2017

ISSN (print): 0038-0261

ISSN (electronic): 1467-954X

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd


DOI: 10.1177/0081176917693508


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