Intersectionality at the grassroots

Heaney, M. T. (2021) Intersectionality at the grassroots. Politics, Groups and Identities, 9(3), pp. 608-628. (doi: 10.1080/21565503.2019.1629318)

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Intersectional activism is organizing that addresses more than one structure of oppression in the struggle for social justice. The rise of the Women’s March as a massive effort to mobilize women primarily on the basis of gender coincided with calls for it to pay greater attention to intersectionality. This study considers the effectiveness of the Women’s March at using intersectional activism as a collective action frame. Drawing on surveys conducted at Women’s March events in five cities and four other Washington, DC activist events in 2018, this study examines the extent to which activists think that the movements should place a priority on intersectional activism. The results show that participants in Women’s March events were more supportive of prioritizing intersectional activism than were activists at comparable protest events that were not mobilized using intersectional collective action frames. Furthermore, the results demonstrate that ideology may be a barrier to embracing intersectional activism, with more moderate and conservative activists placing a lower priority on intersectionality than did more liberal activists. Women’s March activists were more likely to prioritize intersectional activism if they were trans- or LGBTQIA+-identified, or if they had a history of backing intersectionally marginalized causes, than if they did not.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Heaney, Dr Michael
Authors: Heaney, M. T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences
Journal Name:Politics, Groups and Identities
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):2156-5511
Published Online:19 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Western Political Science Association
First Published:First published in Politics, Groups and Identities 9(3): 608-628
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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