Critical thinking is a habit of mind characterized by the comprehensive exploration of issues, ideas, and events before accepting or formulating an opinion or conclusion. Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. In this assignment you will research a social change group/organization in our society (comtemporary or historical) and analyze the groups/organization efforts utilizing intersectional analysis to promote a better understanding of the group/organization, social issue(s), possible remedies, and practical actions individuals can take to support the group. Essential to the intersectional analysis is making clear your position on the group being analyzed. In doing your research on the group it is important explore critiques of the group/organization’s efforts, it is also important to be aware of your own biases. Your analysis should consist of 8 paragraphs, Introduction, one paragraphs for each component of intersectionality, and a concluding paragraph that includes reflection on your beliefs and actions now or in the future relating the issue(s) and organization explored. (Paragraphs should be 100-150 words, and paper should be between 800–1200 words).
Intersectionality is a way of understanding and analyzing the complexity in the world, in people and in human experience…Intersectionality as an analytical tool gives people better access to the complexity of the world and of themselves. (Collins & Bilge 2016, p. 2)
Intersectionality is an intellectual tool of analysis and praxis that can be organized in six core themes: Social Inequality, Power, Relationality, Social Context, Complexity, Social Justice. (C&B p. 25-30)
- Social Inequality – Intersectionality supports understanding of the complexity of social inequalities beyond a single factor or category (i.e. race, gender, sexuality, citizenship) and encourages exploration interactions among various identities.
- Power – Intersectionality supports understanding of power relations, as mutually constructed. Oppression is an interlocking system, where racism, sexism and classism are in relationship to each other and do not act in isolation. Power is exercised across four domains: structural (financial institutions), disciplinary (legal system), cultural (mass-media) and interpersonal (power and privilege).
- Relationality – Intersectionality employs a both/and frame and rejects binary either/or constructs. Relationality is supported by inquiry and praxis that emphasize coalitions, dialogue, and collectives. Instead of exploring a social problem, through a single lens, relationality gathers perspectives from the multiplicity of identities and find areas of convergence.
- Social Context – Intersectionality contextualizes inquiry and praxis by bringing attention to the ways in which particular historical, cultural, political, cosmological and intellectual arrangement shape our thinking and actions.
- Complexity – Intersectionality as a form of analysis is not simple or clean. Weaving together inequities, power relations and social contexts is difficult and can be frustrating. As such, collective or collaborative efforts are encouraged to understand the complexity of the world.
– Intersectionality call attention to the incongruences of the social ideals of meritocracy, fairness and democracy, given the realities of global inequalities. Social justice challenges boot-strap, self-determined narratives citing the societal discrepancies, like everyone having the right to vote, vs. equal access to voting.Social Justice