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The spatialities of intersectional thinking: fashioning feminist geographic futures

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In this article, we highlight the inherent spatialities of intersectionality and its pivotal importance for feminist geographic thought. Intersectionality was, at its inception, already a deeply spatial theoretical concept, process and epistemology, particularly when read through careful and serious engagement with Black Feminist Thought and the writings of radical women of color. We do so here, revisiting Cooper, Crenshaw, Collins and other key scholars to demonstrate that the interlocking violence of racism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, and capitalism have always constituted a spatial formation. Drawing on feminist geographic thought from the 1990s onwards, we highlight the influence of intersectional thinking on our discipline particularly concerning how racial, gendered and classed power operates in place and through space. These pieces have inspired and driven our work, and we extend them here, recognizing newer scholarship that extends and enriches feminist geography through a postcolonial intersectionality. We close by arguing that intersectional thinking is indispensable to feminist geography. Working in solidarity, across and through the interrogation of difference, with agreement and discord, we encourage a deeper feminist geographic engagement with intersectional thinkers, contributing to more critical (and hopeful) futures for our scholarship.
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Keywords: Black feminist thought; feminist geography; intersectionality; postcolonial intersectionality; race; solidarity

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Human Geography and, Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada 2: Department of Geography and the Environment, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

Publication date: April 3, 2018

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