Intersectionality: The Linkage of Racism with Other Forms of Discrimination

  • Robbie W. C. Tourse
  • Johnnie Hamilton-Mason
  • Nancy J. Wewiorski


In addition to race, other personal characteristics also can lead to oppression. Social subsets such as ethnicity, gender class, and ability status also are important in establishing one’s place in society, and ultimately one’s sense of self. The overlapping and entwining of race with all of these social subsets determines the degree of discrimination one experiences in society. This chapter focuses as well on the structural and institutional intersection of discrimination. Racism, the overarching form of oppression, is examined by using Critical Race Theory to understand the interface of societal institutions with intersectionality. An analysis of racism illuminates the intersection of social subsets and there is discussion about how racial oppression is related to issues of power and cultural sway. The intersectionality of various forms of oppression is further explicated by examining the interconnections between cultural subsets and identities and the forces of colonization and immigration.


Intersectionality Scaffolding Oppression Colonization Immigration Racism and intersectionality Social Subsets 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robbie W. C. Tourse
    • 1
  • Johnnie Hamilton-Mason
    • 2
  • Nancy J. Wewiorski
    • 3
  1. 1.Boston College School of Social WorkChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.Simmons College School of Social WorkBostonUSA
  3. 3.U.S. Department of Veterans AffairsBostonUSA

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