Extending Intersectionality

Dr Maree Pardy1

1Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

 

Intersectionality is now axiomatic to feminist theory and increasingly to policy and practice. One of the most productive theoretical critiques of applied intersectionality is its tendency to become trapped within the logic of identity. Moreover, it is suggested that the axes of identity that motivate intersectional policiesrace, gender, sexuality, culture, disability, sexualityare mostly Western and colonial in origin. Deleuzian influenced scholars such as Jasbir Puar (2007, 2012) suggest that intersectionality could be extended by considering the “event-ness of identity” alongside the “event-ness of intersectionality”, enabling a closer consideration, of the emergence of the categories of intersectionality and how or whether they travel appropriately across geographical boundaries. It also enables the categories to be placed within historical and geopolitical context. To these ends I consider GAD intersectional interventions to the issues associated with female genital practices. In relation to FGM/C some women’s own understanding and articulation of their predicaments in relation to cutting, circumcision and excision often remain unintelligible to global development programs on the issue of FGM/C. Ultimately, my analysis leads to a claim that Development itself should be incorporated into intersectional GAD initiatives as one of the most critical axes of intersectional identities.


Biography:

Maree Pardy a Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University. She researches cultural difference within multicultural societies and in development and humanitarian contexts, and focuses a good deal on controversies concerning gender, sexuality and cultural difference. She teaches subjects on Gender and Development and Gender and Globalisation. She is currently focusing on local and global tensions around gender, sexuality and human rights; gender and religion in public space; and the turn to the law to manage controversial issues of cultural difference.

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