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Intersectionality is an approach to research that focuses upon mutually constitutive forms of social oppression rather than on single axes of difference. Intersectionality is not only about multiple identities but is about relationality, social context, power relations, complexity, social justice and inequalities. This review reflects upon the use of intersectionality in social geography and emphasises the complex histories of intersectionality that are often overlooked in geography. I argue for a greater embrace of the contribution of black feminists and some of the earliest work in geography taking an intersectional perspective. I also argue for intersectionality to be used ethically and with care in geography, rather than it being deployed in a way that unwittingly reproduces a white, colonialist, racist and masculinist discipline. I explore possible avenues for future research about intersectionality in social geographies including a focus upon residential segregation, transnational migration and embodiment.
Author(s): Hopkins P
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Progress in Human Geography
Print publication date: 01/10/2019
Online publication date: 26/11/2017
Acceptance date: 01/11/2017
Date deposited: 03/11/2017
ISSN (print): 0309-1325
ISSN (electronic): 1477-0288
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.
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