Re-radicalising intersectionality in organisation studies

University of Leicester, University of Essex
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Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, 2018, 18 (1), pp. 81 - 101
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Although intersectionality emerged in the 1970s through the activism of Black feminists, its application to organisation studies in recent years has too often been deradicalised as a tool to collate and commodify differences. In this article, I propose that we need to re-radicalise intersectional theorising. I offer biography and history as two methodological tools with which we may fulfil intersectionality’s social justice aims. Biography compels researchers to align ourselves with the struggles of marginalised subjects. History asks us to locate our subjects in their specific histories of social injustice. It is my hope that through critical, reflexive theorising, we may protect the radical roots of intersectionality and guard against its co-optation into prevailing systems of white imperial power.
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