Every person embodies multiple social locations (race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic class, religion, ethnicity, culture, ability, size, ….). Intersectionality is the study of how society empowers or disempowers people based on the way these multiple social locations interact. Intersectional analysis grew out of the experiences and voices of women of color who faced both racist and sexist oppression, and the economic disempowerment resulting from those oppressions.
- Background and history
- Why an Intersectional Analysis is Essential
- Principles for working with an intersectional analysis
- Danger of a Single Story”, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, TEDTalk, 19 min. video. (external link)
- Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference,” Audre Lorde. (external link)
- Coalition Politics,” Bernice Johnson Reagon. (external link)
- The Iceberg of Racism. Two-minute video describing one of the key content areas of the Damascus Road Antiracism Analysis.
- Preface to Set Free. A description of the Iceberg of Racism from a book written by the founders of the Damascus Road Antiracism Process.
- The Cage of Oppression. A diagram of social identities with privileged and targeted groups.
For Racial Identity Caucuses (a.k.a. “affinity groups”)
- White Caucus. Frequently asked questions about forming a white caucus and using caucusing as a tool for organizational and personal transformation.
- People of Color Caucus. Values for people of color when caucusing.
- White Supremacy Culture. A list of manifestations of white superiority and their antidotes. From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001. Useful tool for discussion and reflection in both white and people of color caucuses.
- Racial Identity Caucusing: A Strategy for Building Anti-Racist Collectives. A paper from Crossroads Antiracism describing reasons for and the nuts and bolts of caucusing.