Theme Panel: Intersectionality and Political Mobilization

Intersectionality and Political Mobilization

Organized groups and social movements play a critical representational role in democracy. One challenge that groups and movements have consistently confronted is that they often neglect to represent marginalized constituencies within their ranks to the same degree that they represent more privileged constituencies within their ranks. In recent years, there has been greater recognition of this problem among group and movement leaders, leading some activists to address intersectional concerns explicitly as part of their mobilizing efforts. This development creates the opportunity for us to observe how organizations address intersectionality in real time. The papers on this panel examine these endeavors by considering a sample of economic and social-justice organizations, the Resistance against the presidency of Donald Trump, and the Women’s March on Washington.

Kristin Goss, Duke University(Chair)