Policy Press

The Politics of Intersectional Practice

Representation, Coalition and Solidarity in UK NGOs

By Ashlee Christoffersen

Published

May 23, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529236095

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 23, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529236118

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

May 23, 2024

Page count

256 pages

ISBN

978-1529236118

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
The Politics of Intersectional Practice

It is increasingly recognized that, to achieve social justice, policies and organizations need to apply an intersectional approach, rather than addressing inequalities separately. However, intersectionality is a challenging theory to apply, as policymakers and practitioners often navigate the confines of divided policy areas.

This book examines the use of intersectionality in UK policy and practice, with a specific focus on NGOs, outlining five distinct interpretations of intersectional practice and their implications.

Drawing from extensive fieldwork with a diverse range of equality organizations, this book offers invaluable insights into how policy and practice can be organized in more (and less) intersectional ways.

“The question, approach and unit of analysis are novel in the best way. They chart a path of further inquiry on the relationships between the state, institutional entities and intersectionality.” Erica Townsend-Bell, Oklahoma State University

Ashlee Christoffersen is Banting Postdoctoral Researcher at York University, Canada and Honorary Fellow at University of Edinburgh.

1. Introduction

Part 1

2. Assessing intersectionality’s operationalisation: Fields and issues of practice

Part 2

3. Contextualising intersectionality: Equality policy, austerity and relations with the state

4. Perceptions and practices: The spectrum of ‘intersectionality’

Part 3

5. Representation: The politics of intersectionality in practice

6. Coalition: Solidarity and intersectional practice

7. Conclusion: Intersectional practice: Ideas, politics and policy