Intersectionality - an intercategorical approach

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The aim of this article is to demonstrate how to empirically uncover intersectional complexity by simple methods. The article is based on three examples of intercategorical complexity. Firstly, by discussing gender mainstreaming, it is shown that a narrow focus on categories without their intersection may give misleading results. Secondly, the pitfalls of a narrow focus on a single section of categories are discussed by means of an example of educational attainment for categories of gender and ancestry. Finally, using the example of a study of the gender pay gap, it is shown how a breakdown of a study in partial analyses may reveal intersectionality. The examples show
how interaction and interwoven categories can be included in intercategorical analyses of structural
Translated title of the contributionIntersektionalitet - en interkategorial tilgang
Original languageEnglish
JournalKvinder, Køn & Forskning
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)18-31
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Intersectionality, interaction, mainstreaming, gender, employment, education and pay.

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