Intersectionality

Authored by: Hilary Brown

Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies

Print publication date:  October  2019
Online publication date:  September  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138933330
eBook ISBN: 9781315678627
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315678627-56

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Abstract

Intersectionality, a term widely used and much debated across and beyond academia, is gaining traction within translation studies. It is associated most readily with disciplines such as women’s and gender studies, sociology, law and public health, and has given rise to a vast body of literature since it was first proposed by Crenshaw in 1989. The term has been mobilized in translation studies by feminist scholars who see intersectionality as a “key area … of growth” (Castro and Ergun 2018:134). However, this development is not uncontested. While some argue that it is vital for feminist approaches to embrace intersectionality in order to open up new areas of research, keep up with advances in other fields and contribute to global movements for social justice (Castro and Ergun 2017c; Castro and Ergun 2018:134–143), intersectionality has also been seen as a threat to feminism and an approach which risks undermining the discipline (Flotow, in Alvira 2010:289).

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