The Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy

  • Olena Hankivsky
  • Julia S. Jordan-Zachery

Part of the The Politics of Intersectionality book series (POLI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Olena Hankivsky, Julia S. Jordan-Zachery
    Pages 1-28
  3. Foundations in the Field

  4. Innovative Methodological Directions and Implications for Policy Analysis

  5. Different Perspectives on Persistent Problems

  6. Community Engagement and Advocacy for Change

  7. Challenging Colonization

  8. Responding to New and Pressing Challenges

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 749-752

About this book


Grounded in black feminist scholarship and activism and formally coined in 1989, by black legal scholar Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, intersectionality has garnered significant attention in the field of public policy and other disciplines/fields of study. The potential of intersectionality, however, has not been fully realized in policy, largely due to the challenges of operationalization. Recently some scholars and activists began to advance conceptual clarity and guidance for intersectionality policy applications; yet a pressing need remains for knowledge development and exchange in relation to empirical work that demonstrates how intersectionality improves public policy. This handbook fills this void by highlighting the key challenges, possibilities and critiques of intersectionality-informed approaches in public policy. It brings together international scholars across a variety of policy sectors and disciplines to consider the state of intersectionality in policy research and analysis. Importantly, it offers a global perspective on the added value and “how-to” of intersectionality-informed policy approaches that aim to advance equity and social justice.


Intersectionality research Intersectional communities comparative intersectionality gender race and policy precarious population

Editors and affiliations

  • Olena Hankivsky
    • 1
  • Julia S. Jordan-Zachery
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Public Policy, Institute for Intersectionality Research and PolicySimon Fraser UniversityVancouver, BCCanada
  2. 2.Providence CollegeProvidence, RIUSA

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