Intersectionality: are we taking enough notice in the field of work and employment relations?

A McBride, G Hebson, J Holgate

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Intersectional analysis has been developing since its emergence from critical race feminism in the 1980s when it was used to conceptualize the inter-relationship of race and gender and, particularly, the experiences of discrimination and marginalization of black women in employment. While its contribution has been much debated within sociological and gender specific journals, its use still remains relatively limited within studies of work and employment relations. It is argued here that this field of study would benefit from greater engagement with and understanding of an intersectional approach to both the design and interpretation of research. Two lines of reasoning are put forward for this contention: firstly, that the intersectional approach contains an important caution against over-generalization that has been obscured; secondly, that separating the challenge for all academics to be more intersectionally sensitive from the methodological challenges of taking an intersectional approach brings the significance of intersectionality into sharper relief.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-341
Number of pages10
JournalWork, Employment & Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2015


  • class
  • relations
  • work and employment
  • race
  • methodology
  • intersectionality
  • gender
  • ethnicity
  • employment


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