The Intersectional Approach

Transforming the Academy through Race, Class, and Gender

Edited by Michele Tracy Berger, Kathleen Guidroz

352 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 1 illus., 2 figs., 5 tables, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8078-5981-0
    Published: January 2010
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-8324-7
    Published: January 2010
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-0-8078-9556-6
    Published: January 2010

Buy this Book

For Professors:
Free E-Exam Copies

To purchase online via an independent bookstore, visit
Intersectionality, or the consideration of race, class, and gender, is one of the prominent contemporary theoretical contributions made by scholars in the field of women's studies that now broadly extends across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Taking stock of this transformative paradigm, The Intersectional Approach guides new and established researchers to engage in a critical reflection about the broad adoption of intersectionality that constitutes what the editors call a new "social literacy" for scholars.

In eighteen essays, contributors examine various topics of interest to students and researchers from a feminist perspective as well as through their respective disciplines, looking specifically at gender inequalities related to globalization, health, motherhood, sexuality, body image, and aging. Together, these essays provide a critical overview of the paradigm, highlight new theoretical and methodological advances, and make a strong case for the continued use of the intersectional approach both within the borders of women's and gender studies and beyond.


Lidia Anchisi, Gettysburg College

Naomi André, University of Michigan

Jean Ait Belkhir, Southern University at New Orleans

Michele Tracy Berger, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Kia Lilly Caldwell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Elizabeth R. Cole, University of Michigan

Kimberlé Crenshaw, University of California, Los Angeles

Bonnie Thornton Dill, University of Maryland

Michelle Fine, Graduate Center, City University of New York

Jennifer Fish, Old Dominion University

Mako Fitts, Seattle University

Kathleen Guidroz, Mount St. Mary’s University

Ivette Guzmán-Zavala, Lebanon Valley College

Kaaren Haldeman, Durham, North Carolina

Catherine E. Harnois, Wake Forest University

AnaLouise Keating, Texas Woman’s University

Rachel E. Luft, University of New Orleans

Gary K. Perry, Seattle University

Jennifer Rothchild, University of Minnesota, Morris

Ann Russo, DePaul University

Natalie J. Sabik, University of Michigan

Jessica Holden Sherwood, University of Rhode Island

Yvette Taylor, University of Newcastle, United Kingdom

Nira Yuval-Davis, University of East London

About the Authors

Michele Tracy Berger is associate professor of women's studies and adjunct professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kathleen Guidroz is assistant professor of sociology at Mount St. Mary's University.
For more information about Michele Tracy Berger, visit the Author Page.

Kathleen Guidroz is assistant professor of sociology at Mount St. Mary's University.
For more information about Kathleen Guidroz, visit the Author Page.


"The Intersectional Approach takes intersectionality a giant leap forward by putting theory into action in research methodologies as well as in the classroom, the community, and public policy. Berger and Guidroz give scholars and students an excellent foundation in intersectional analysis and a vision of exciting possibilities for its future."--Dorothy Roberts, Northwestern University, author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

"By carefully selecting classic and contemporary essays written by key figures in the field as well as new critical voices, the editors cast fresh eyes on the theoretical issues, methodological innovations, and challenges that confront intersectionality as theory and praxis. An extremely valuable collection that captures the spirit of this emerging, important, and exciting field of study."--Patricia Hill Collins, University of Maryland