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ERIC Number: EJ1027151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0790-8318
Exploring Class-Based Intersectionality
Block, David; Corona, Victor
Language, Culture and Curriculum, v27 n1 p27-42 2014
This paper argues that language, culture and identity researchers need to take the intersectionality of identity inscriptions seriously and, further to this, that an intersectional approach which emanates from an interest in social class provides a productive way to examine the lives and experience of individuals living in multicultural societies. The paper begins with an excerpt from Corona's research on Latino adolescents in Barcelona, in which four of his informants discuss how they are racially profiled as potential muggers by fellow pedestrians on the streets of Barcelona. This account of experienced discrimination leads to an in-depth discussion of intersectionality, which provides a way of seeing how race, ethnicity and gender interrelate in the informants' lives. The paper then moves to consider how social class might be added to the equation and a second excerpt from Corona's research is presented, in which an informant provides an account of how he felt compelled to change his way of dress when he arrived in Barcelona at the age of 12. His eventual sartorial transformation via the appropriation of a hip hop aesthetic is interpreted intersectionally in terms of his social class, racialised, ethnicised and gendered positionings in Catalan society. The paper concludes with a discussion of how class-based intersectionality can provide more nuanced understandings of the lives of young migrants in multicultural societies than uni-dimensional or multiple uni-dimensional approaches.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain (Barcelona)