Session 17

17. Methodological Implications of Intersectional Inequality Research

Intersectionality has meanwhile established itself as a concept of a multidimensional perspective for the analysis of social inequality. At the same time, the concepts and heuristics underlying intersectional analyses are extremely diverse. Not only do theoretical perspectives differ, but consequently also research methods that apply different research questions to the intersection of diverse forms of oppression. The ambiguity of the concept culminates in a description as a “buzzword” (Davis 2008) that can more or less be applied to any form of multidimensional inequality research. The session aims to take up this debate and in particular to discuss methodological consequences and problems that result from intersectional perspectives on social inequality. Which methodological consequences do certain perspectives of intersectionality research have? How exactly can which methods be used and what does this mean for inequality research? Papers that discuss specific research projects and their results are just as welcome as theoretical or conceptual contributions to the exploration of intersectional premises. Within this framework, for example, feminist or postcolonial perspectives as well as space-related inequality issues can be addressed.