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ERIC Number: EJ871375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
Disciplinarity and Methodology in Intersectionality Theory and Research
Syed, Moin
American Psychologist, v65 n1 p61-62 Jan 2010
Comments on the original article, "Intersectionality and research in psychology," by E. R. Cole. Cole's article, says the current author, makes a welcome and valuable contribution to the field of psychology. Particularly useful are the three questions that she posed, highlighting how these questions are relevant and pressing for all researchers, not just those focused on work with subordinated groups. However, there are two additional points that the current author believes need to be addressed as intersectionality moves from the margins of psychology to the mainstream. First, although Cole (2009) nicely traced the history of intersectionality, from feminists of color and critical race theorists to psychology, what the current author found lacking was a discussion about the implications of translating the theory across disciplines. The current author's second point is a methodological one and is related to the disciplinary origins of intersectionality. The current author was surprised to see Cole (2009) discuss at length the role of statistical interactions in intersectionality research. While the current author fully appreciates that Cole may have been attempting to "speak the language" of the vast majority of psychologists, a crucial point about intersectionality research was lost: that qualitative research is central to this approach.
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Language: English
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