Evaluating Claims of Intersectionality

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Over the last 40 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 only be evaluated 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-811
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Politics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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