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date: 20 May 2019

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The term intersectionality made its entrance in the research community at the end of the twentieth century. Since that time, many different approaches to intersectionality have arisen that vary in discipline, methodology, epistemology, and in conceptualization. Unfortunately though, little research has examined how to study or to apply intersectionality. While the broad research community has created a variety of conceptualizations of intersectionality, less work has been done on its application. This chapter examines the messiness and controversy of intersectionality, arguing that the problematic nature of the ‘operationalization’, or application, of intersectionality is integrally linked to its conceptualization across varying paradigmatic approaches.

Keywords: intersectionality, conceptualization, methodology, epistemology, application

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