This essay cautions projects of visibility that are twinned with intersectional analyses. Arguing for a deliberate rupture in schooling’s categorical logics and a historical analysis of the cultural force of individual identity, I caution that the individual identity tendencies of modernity hold some risks for the substantial and long-standing imperatives of intersectional analysis. I ground this argument in Audre Lorde’s work and how it is often sampled insufficiently.

Author Biography

Leigh Patel is an interdisciplinary researcher and writer who focuses on the ways that narratives facilitate structures. With a background in sociology, she attends to the stratifying roles that schooling performs in society and the steady potential education holds for social transformation. She is Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education at University of California, Riverside.



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