ABSTRACT

On the cusp of discussing intersectionality definitions, I  hesitate. Since intersectionality is a complex concept with growing impact across disciplines, policy formulations, and sites of political struggle, much time has been spent defining the concept or delineating typologies (e.g., McCall 2005). Yet while definitional work might clarify, it can also distort by disarticulating key intersectionality ideas that fundamentally link. Definitions can flatten in other ways as well. For instance, mapping out intersectionality via linear time can treat its political/intellectual origins, in Black and women of color feminisms, as (implicitly or explicitly) passé or naïve. Even if cited, earlier intersectionality texts may not be given nuanced readings but treated casually or deemed theoretically underwhelming.1 This dynamic can also be relatively subtle: today, for instance, the secondary intersectionality literatures often are more widely referenced and taught than are many foundational writings and practices.