Evaluating Claims of Intersectionality

Over the last forty years, scholars have adopted many different approaches to studying intersectionality. A common refrain in the literature is that one cannot evaluate the implications of an intersectional theory with an interaction model. In this article, we demonstrate that a large class of claims regarding intersectionality, whether quantitative or qualitative in nature, can be evaluated only within an interactive framework. There is some uncertainty among those who adopt quantitative methods in their intersectional research about how interaction models work. In addition to outlining the necessary evidence to support claims of intersectionality, we provide useful advice on how to appropriately specify and interpret interaction models to better evaluate these types of claims. We believe that considerable progress can be made in our empirical and theoretical understanding of intersectionality if scholars follow the advice provided in this article

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Work Title Evaluating Claims of Intersectionality
Open Access
  1. Ray Block
  2. Matthew Richard Golder
  3. Sona Nadenichek Golder
  1. Intersectionality
  2. Interaction models
  3. Identity
  4. Gender
  5. Race
License CC BY 4.0 (Attribution)
Work Type Article
  1. The Journal of Politics
Publication Date May 26, 2023
Publisher Identifier (DOI)
  1. https://doi.org/10.1086/723813
Deposited July 26, 2023




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    • Intersectionality, Interaction models, Identity, Gender, Race
    • Journal of Politics
    • The Journal of Politics
    Publication Date
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    • 2023-05-26
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