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date: 09 May 2021

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This essay explores intersectionality as a paradigm and attends to its application to the study of crime. This interdisciplinary and critical theoretical approach emphasizes the imperative that scholars consider the multiplicative (rather than simply additive) effects of varying systems of oppression in the lives of both victims and offenders. Sections in this essay address intersectional insights into criminological discourses and research on intimate-partner violence, victimization, offending, and criminal justice processes. By reviewing literature that deconstructs and blurs binary categories of identity and social action, the essay provides many examples of “what difference our difference made” (Crenshaw 2005, p. 312).

Keywords: intersectionality, gender, race, intimate-partner violence, victimization, offending, criminal justice processes

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