What is intersectionality?

The research framework of intersectionality acknowledges a person or group with multiple layered social identities (e.g. gender, class, race, ability, etc). The combined impact of these social identities manifest a social position of advantage and/or disadvantage. These positions of advantage and/or disadvantage can affect health behaviors, access to health services and resources, and health outcomes. Adopting an intersectional approach to research can help researchers understand their research populations and the social context in which their research findings emerge. It contributes to insight in between and within group differences, and helps link these differences.

In this handbook you can find two chapters that explain how to apply intersectionality to your research:

  1. Applying Intersectionality in qualitative research
  2. Applying Intersectionality in quantitative research