Intersectionality

By Kwesi Billups

In my Cross-Cultural Communications class we’ve been discussing the importance of identity in communication, as identity is the heart of every act of communication. One’s intention as the encoder of a message can only be fully grasped within the context of their values, traditions, preferences, avowed selfhoods and the characteristics that are societally ascribed to them. This idea is complicated tremendously when recognizing that one’s identities are always present and influence intercultural interaction at all times and in all spaces, even if one identity may take precedence depending on the situation. The theory of intersectionality is particularly helpful in deconstructing how social structures act upon- particularly oppressing, suppressing, and marginalizing-the amalgam of identities that exist within the same time and space of minority reality.

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