intersectionality

Intersectional Identity and the Path to Progress

Eleanor Robertson looks at the debate over intersectionality and identity politics, and what these concepts can offer for a renewed version of class politics. This article originally appeared in Meanjin.

Yankee theorists are always on the TV: a reply on Americans, academics and so on

The question of class and things that tend to get described as “identity politics”, whether or not that term is a useful one, seems to be one of those topics that generates never-ending, vaguely circular, discussions, often ones which generate more heat than light. As such, it’s worth checking in on every now and again to see if the latest contributions offer anything new.

All That Melts into Air is Solid: A. Sivanandan

Sivanandan criticises the New Times tendency in Marxism Today's reorientation towards the Labour Party and its attempt to create a new electoral coalition.

Is the State Part of the Matrix of Domination and Intersectionality? An Anarchist Inquiry

The notions ‘matrix of domination’ and ‘intersectionality’ have become buzzwords in discussions of power relations (patriarchy, racism, capitalism). Systems of domination must be examined in terms of their overlaps and mutual influences (‘matrix’), institutions and individuals being necessarily positioned at the intersections of these systems. Informed by anarchism, this article raises the possibility of viewing the state per se as a system of domination, oppression, appropriation and exclusion, one that is interwoven with other systems and influences them as much as they influence the state.

Identity crisis: Leftist anti-wokeness is bullshit

Black Lives Matter supporters and community members march from Minneapolis City

When criticism of ‘identity politics’ is just an argument for class representation under capitalism.

House to Goddess of the House: Gender, Class and Silk in 19th Century Mount Lebanon

An essay on the development of capitalism in Lebanon and the effects it had upon gender roles. Mainly focusing on women workers in the silk industry from a Christian Lebanese background.

Identity Politics and Class Struggle

Robin D. G. Kelley

Article from 1997 by Robin D. G. Kelley on discussions around identity politics and class struggle. While written twenty years ago it remains relevant to current discussions on the same topic.

Unionism and Anti-Fascism - Twin Cities General Defense Committee

Statement on Opposing All Oppression from the Twin Cities GDC Local 14 on the importance of fighting fascism and all of the oppressions faced by different sections of the working class.

Intersectionality and the identity politics of class

Automatic Writing's October 2013 piece locating intersectionality as a firm and necessary component of class struggle politics, and identifying the risk many critics of intersectionality fall into of reproducing class as an identity itself.

An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Woman!

Claudia Jones

An essay by Claudia Jones first published in 1949. It is sometimes taken to anticipate intersectional analysis.