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The Problem With the Phrase Women and Minorities:Intersectionality—an Important Theoretical Framework for Public Health

Bowleg, Lisa (2012) The Problem With the Phrase Women and Minorities:Intersectionality—an Important Theoretical Framework for Public Health. American Journal of Public Health, 102 (7). p. 1267. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

Intersectionality is a theoretical framework that posits that multiple social categories (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status) intersect at the micro level of individual experience to reflect multiple interlocking systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level (e.g., racism, sexism, heterosexism). Public health’s commitment to social justice makes it a natural fit with intersectionality’s focus on multiple historically oppressed populations. Yet despite a plethora of research focused on these populations, public health studies that reflect intersectionality in their theoretical frameworks, designs, analyses, or interpretations are rare. Accordingly, I describe the history and central tenets of intersectionality, address some theoretical and methodological challenges, and highlight the benefits of intersectionality for public health theory, research, and policy. Read More: http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2012.300750?prevSearch=%5BContrib%3A+Bowleg%5D&searchHistoryKey=


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is being provided via the publisher's website and is subject to their restrictions.
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
Health > Public Health
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Ott
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2012 10:50
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2012 10:50
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3948

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