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Intersectionality and Social Work
Encyclopedia of Social Work [online] (2015)
  • Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Sacred Heart University
  • Ann Marie Yamada, University of Southern California
  • Lisa M Werkmeister Rozas, University of Connecticut
Intersectionality refers to the intersection of identities that shape an individual’s standing in society. The combining of identities produces distinct life experiences, in part depending on the oppression and privilege associated with each identity. The intersectional approach is an alternative to the cultural competence model that can help social workers better address the unique and complex needs of their diverse clients. This entry provides a general overview of the historical and interdisciplinary roots of intersectionality and addresses its use as a theoretical perspective, methodology, mechanism for social change and social justice, and policy framework in social work. The role of intersectionality in social work policy development, teaching, and research will be presented with consideration of future directions and areas for further development.
Publication Date
March, 2015
Citation Information
Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Ann Marie Yamada and Lisa M Werkmeister Rozas. "Intersectionality and Social Work" Encyclopedia of Social Work [online] (2015)
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