This ground breaking book is an innovative, passionate and provocative exploration of intersectionality. The sustained emphasis on activism and practice reasserts the potency of intersectionality borne out of Black feminism. The rare and pioneering international reach of this book crosses four continents. In this book context matters: there is no intersectionality without context!

Resting on the premise that we cannot work for the liberation of individuals, communities and societies without intersectionality, this book asks: How does intersectionality challenge the structures and discourses of social work education, management and organisation? What is the revolutionary potential of intersectionality? Intersectional in its method and content, the blend of practice, activism, research and theory troubles geopolitical and disciplinary boundaries. The range of topics include: Islamophobia, immigration, feminist movements, social work education, violence against women and girls, gender, sexuality, race, disability, age, religion, nationality, citizenship policy and legal frameworks.

This book will appeal to activists for social justice, social work practitioners, researchers, lecturers, students and those working in the field of Black feminist thinking. The focus on the activism of intersectionality provides a clear pathway into Black feminist thinking and its application to social work internationally and to emancipatory collective political activism worldwide.

chapter |5 pages


part 1|98 pages

Understandings of intersectionality

chapter 1|14 pages

Textual practice as intersectional practice

Situated caste and gender knowledge in India

chapter 2|14 pages

Returning home

Intersectionality, social work and violence against BME women and girls in the UK

chapter 3|15 pages

The detachment of intersectionality from its Black feminist roots

A critical analysis of social service provision training material based in Ontario

chapter 5|14 pages

Gendered Islamophobia

Intersectionality, religion and space for British South Asian Muslim women

chapter 6|15 pages

State building in Kosova

An intersectional analysis

chapter 7|13 pages

Reflections on the theory and practice of intersectionality

Immigration and health provision services in Brazil

part 2|125 pages

Realisations of the activism of intersectionality

chapter 8|15 pages

Revolutionary spaces?

[Re]imagining and transforming work to end violence against Black women and girls

chapter 10|14 pages

‘They like you to pretend to be something you are not’

An exploration of working with the intersections of gender, sexuality, ‘race’, religion and ‘refugeeness’, through the experience of Lesbian Immigration Support Group (LISG) members and volunteers

chapter 12|15 pages

Fault lines

Black feminist intersectional practice working to end violence against women and girls (VAWG)

chapter 14|15 pages

The activism of intersectionality

A tool for feminist political articulations, possibilities, tensions and challenges 1

chapter 15|17 pages

Breaking the silence

Women, intersectionality, community radio and empowerment