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Thinking the multiple in gender and diversity studies: Examining the concept of intersectionality

Alexander Styhre (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management) ; Ulla Eriksson-Zetterquist
Gender in Management (1754-2413). Vol. 23 (2009), 8, p. 567-582.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss the concept of intersectionality. In recent management writing, a vocabulary has been introduced which enacts concepts such as assemblages, multiplicity, rhizomes, and becoming. Such a vocabulary is helpful when revising the theoretical models used in gender research. Design/methodology/approach – Drawing on this fluid mode of thinking, which is fundamentally indebted to a process thinking that favours becoming and change over stability and fixed entities as the primary analytical categories, the concept of intersectionality is discussed. Findings – It is suggested that intersectionality perspectives, a concept developed to enable the analysis of co-existing and co-operating registers of knowledge and power, may inform gender and diversity studies and organization theory in general. Rather than reducing all sorts of identities or subject-positions to a single plane, intersectionality perspectives conceive of identity as being derived from different registers functioning as shifting planes, at times operating detachedly from one another; in other cases directly overlapping and even clashing. Practical implications – Intersectionality thinking is capable of influencing a variety of organizational and managerial practices. Originality/value – The paper seeks to bridge process thinking, gender theory, and diversity management literature through introducing the concept of intersectionality as a helpful tool when thinking of organizational practice.

Denna post skapades 2009-03-13. Senast ändrad 2012-12-14.
CPL Pubid: 91468


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Operations Management (2006-2016)
Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI) (GU)
Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Human Resource Management (2001-2010)


Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi
Övrig industriell teknik och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur