Inter-categorical intersectional approaches

Inter-categorical approaches strategically use existing social categories such as sex/gender or ethnicity for their analysis in order to document inequalities between groups as well as asymmetrical power relations. For this purpose, certain categories of difference, e.g. gender and ethnicity, are set as anchor points, without conceptualising them as static, in order to grasp the relationships and inequalities between them. This way, one can examine whether complex, sex/gender-based inequalities exist between the assumed groups of Black men and Black women, for instance.


  • McCall L. The Complexity of Intersectionality. Signs (Chic). 2005;Vol. 30(No. 3):1772-800.