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Feminist movements and gender politics: Transnational perspectives on intersectionality

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-184
JournalThe Delhi University Journal of the Humanities and the Social Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2017


Intersectionality has received widespread attention in recent years; in both discursive engagements by scholars and empirical application in diverse fields of health and development. Despite its growing popularity, and two and half-decades since its origin, the concept continues to be mired in critiques concerning its universal applications, gap between theoretical production and empirical application, and its tendency to capture debates on gender inequalities.
Using some of these critiques as a starting point, in this paper we reflect on ‘southern’ perspectives on Intersectionality and review its contribution to feminist theory and politics in a globalising world. Directly informed by our ongoing engagement with the concept and analytic framework of intersectionality, we synthesise recent developments in intersectionality theory and discuss its potential for opening spaces to locate differences in the women’s movement(s) and the political projects they advance. Reflecting on some of the contestations and debates held within the women’s movement, we then discuss the potential added value of an intersectionality informed feminist analysis for understanding experiences of oppression and advancing feminist scholarship and politics.

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  • intersectionality, feminist movement, transactional perspective, global south caste, inequities, gender

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