Invitation for Abstracts for Book Chapters
Intersectionality is a key concept from Black Feminist theory and is primarily a challenge to the idea of mutually exclusive categories of experience and analysis. It was borne out of injustice to drive and confront social justice; intersectionality is a refusal of borders and separation. However, much of the debate about intersectionality has remained at a conceptual and methodological level this book is concerned with practice and action. Using intersectionality as a starting point, the aim of this book is to provoke a wider debate about the absence of the activism of Black Feminist Theory in Social Work. How can intersectionality be used to challenge the structure of social work education, management and organisation? And how can intersectionality become a practice of those who work socially? More importantly, how can we work socially, inter-personally, with people’s experiences and not use intersectionality to support our work?
Structure of the Book
The book will consist of three parts, each examining social work’s relationship to the concept of intersectionality. The first part will concentrate on considering understandings of intersectionality and its absence from social work. The second part will be concerned with applications of intersectionality. The final part will ask questions about imagined futures – what would the presence of intersectionality in social work look like.
Ideas for Chapters
Part 1 – Understandings of Intersectionality
Is intersectionality geographically specific? How does it function in different parts of the globe?
What are the barriers to intersectional thought within globalisation? Within public policy? Within inter-personal work?
What does intersectionality do? What is intersectional activism?
How does intersectionality contest the mainstream terms of social work? (e.g. case management, closure, long and short-term priorities, etc.)
Part 2 – Applications of Intersectionality
Examples of how social work has refused intersectional working?
Examples of how working socially demands intersectional working?
Examples of how social work has worked across boundaries, borders and categories?
How can we work without defining service-user groups and social work expertise?
Part 3 – Imagined Futures
What would the presence of intersectionality in social work look like?
What is the role of imagination in intersectional social work?
Format of Abstracts
You invited to submit 300 word (max) abstracts. Abstracts should indicate which part of the book they are written for and should include a discussion of the dangers, cautions and tensions of working with the concept of intersectionality for social work. The above list of ideas is a starting point and should not be seen as exhaustive. The book is aimed at an international audience and abstracts are welcomed from across the globe.
Please also include a short biog (200 words max) and your contact details.
Deadline for abstracts is 23rd November
Please return abstracts to Dr Rachel Robbins at: firstname.lastname@example.org