Emerging Intersections

Race, Class, and Gender in Theory, Policy, and Practice

by Bonnie Thornton Dill, Ruth Enid Zambrana, Bonnie Thornton Dill, Ruth Enid Zambrana, Patricia Collins, Amy McLaughlin, Elizabeth Higginbotham, Debra Henderson, Ann Tickamyer, Victoria-Maria MacDonald, Mary Gatta, Tiffany Manuel, Avis Jones-Deweever, Sanford Schram, L. Janelle Dance, Lorrie Ann Frasure, Linda Faye Williams

The United States is known as a "melting pot" yet this mix tends to be volatile and contributes to a long history of oppression, racism, and bigotry.

Emerging Intersections, an anthology of ten previously unpublished essays, looks at the problems of inequality and oppression from new angles and promotes intersectionality as an interpretive tool that can be utilized to better understand the ways in which race, class, gender, ethnicity, and other dimensions of difference shape our lives today. The book showcases innovative contributions that expand our understanding of how inequality affects people of color, demonstrates the ways public policies reinforce existing systems of inequality, and shows how research and teaching using an intersectional perspective compels scholars to become agents of change within institutions. By offering practical applications for using intersectional knowledge, Emerging Intersections will help bring us one step closer to achieving positive institutional change and social justice.


  • Rutgers University Press; January 2009
  • ISBN: 9780813546513
  • Edition: 1
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  • Title: Emerging Intersections
  • Author: Bonnie Thornton Dill (ed.); Ruth Enid Zambrana (ed.); Bonnie Thornton Dill (contrib.); Ruth Enid Zambrana (contrib.); Patricia Collins (contrib.); Amy McLaughlin (contrib.); Elizabeth Higginbotham (contrib.); Debra Henderson (contrib.); Ann Tickamyer (contrib.); Victoria-Maria MacDonald (contrib.); Mary Gatta (contrib.); Tiffany Manuel (contrib.); Avis Jones-Deweever (contrib.); Sanford Schram (contrib.); L. Janelle Dance (contrib.); Lorrie Ann Frasure (contrib.); Linda Faye Williams (contrib.)
  • Imprint: Rutgers University Press

In The Press

"Altogether, this book is an excellent illustration of the potential of intersectional analysis to further understand and address inequality in the U.S. It unveils relationships of power that traditional studies of inequality often miss by treating inequalities separately. Most importantly, the book shows the importance of establishing how inequalities intersect in order to better guide the complex actions and tailored interventions that their perverse enmeshing requires."
— Journal of American Ethnic History


About The Author

Bonnie Thornton Dill is a professor and chair of the department of women's studies and founder of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Ruth Enid Zambrana is a professor of women's studies and director of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity, and interim director of the U.S. Latino Studies Initiative at the University of Maryland, College Park.