(noun) “Theory that suggests we cannot separate the effects of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and other attributes” (OpenStax College 2012).

Example: A working class woman faces gender and economic discrimination and a working class woman of color faces economic, gender, and racial discrimination.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: intersectionalities
  • Also called:
    • cumulative disadvantage
    • intersection theory
    • intersectionalism
    • multiple jeopardy

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OpenStax College. 2012. Theories of Race and Ethnicity. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (