What is Intersectionality?

Intersectionality holds that the classical models of oppression within society, such as those based on race/ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, class, species or disability do not act independently of one another; instead, these forms of oppression interrelate creating a system of oppression that reflects the ‘inter-section’ of multiple forms of discrimination … ” (Ritzer, 2009, p. 1). There is  not one theory of intersectionality, but different conceptualizations and theoretizations of it, including different terms/phrases such as “multiple jeopardy” (King, 1988); “vectors of oppression and privilege” (Ritzer, 2009); “interlocking system” (Combahee River Collective, 1977). (MPA)