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149 - Section on Race, Gender, and Class. Intersectional Theorizing and Sociology: Legacies and Future Possibilities

Sat, August 12, 4:30 to 6:10pm, Palais des congrès de Montréal, Floor: Level 5, 513E

Session Submission Type: Paper Session 100min


In his important book The Scholar Denied, Aldon Morris acknowledges W.E.B. Du Bois as the founder of American Sociology. This panel picks up where Morris leaves off, when he observes that "the consensus remains" that Du Bois "was the first sociologist that engaged in intersectional analysis." We invite researchers to reflect on the legacy, evolving nature, and future possibilities of intersectional theorizing and empirical study, and its relationship to the discipline of Sociology. How can intersectional theorizing, methodology, and empirical study deepen understanding of American sociology? How can such understandings be inspired by an overlooked history of intersectionality, while also critiquing much of the discipline’s history of blindness to interlocking frames of race, class, and gender? In setting research agendas for today and tomorrow, what is gained by looking back at the work of Du Bois and his contemporaries, and looking forward to new chapters in this legacy of intersectionality?

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