Complexity, Intersection and the Politics of Aberration (2021)

 Dike Verlag

Sébastien Chauvin (2021)

Complexity, Intersection and the Politics of Aberration.

in Michelle Cottier, Sandra Hotz, Nils Kapferer (eds.), Law on the Move. Zurich: Dike Verlag, 2021.

This chapter considers some of the contemporary debates in the social sciences and humanities surrounding intersectionality’s relationship to whiteness and difference.  It argues that some uses of intersectionality may reiterate the white gender order, while other deployments of it
might avoir such reiteration. To oversimplify, I call the first approach the “liberal” approach to intersectionality, and the other approach the “radical” approach.
For its limited scope, the chapter does not locate whiteness in who appropriates intersectionality in which institutional setting. Instead, it identifies conceptual schemas, metaphors and theoretical habits that cut through settings and audiences but nevertheless converge in deploying the geometric language of the intersection in ways that may reconduct white-centric constructions of otherness.