Intersectional Analyses of Identity and Social Justice

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Reviews the books, Psychology and economic injustice: Personal, professional, and political intersections by Bernice Lott and Heather E. Bullock (see record 2006-11741-000) and Intersections of gender, race, and class: Readings for a changing landscape edited by Marcia Texler Segal and Theresa A. Martinez. These two books offer important intersectional analyses that illuminate the psychological, social, and political costs of injustice and inequality. In the first book, Lott and Bullock use intersectionality in the service of illuminating interconnections among three levels of analysis-personal, professional, and political-in an effort to encourage the discipline of psychology to pay more attention not only to social class in general, but to poverty and economic injustice in particular. The connections drawn by Lott and Bullock among personal, professional, and political perspectives on class are powerful and provide an important demonstration of intersectionality at work. Intersections of race, class, and gender form the basis of the second book, edited by Segal and Martinez. This edited book includes readings that highlight the inseparability of gender, race, and class at both the personal and the societal level. The two books reviewed here provide an important basis for doing just that, however, and are useful texts for teaching about social justice and injustice, for developing liberatory research agendas, and for inspiring social change. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Joan M. Ostrove

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