Intersectionality, social identity theory, and explorations of hybridity: a critical review of diverse approaches to diversity

Lucy Taksa, Glen Powell, Laknath Jayasinghe

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The fundamental difference in focus between the fields of sociology and psychology, notably between discriminatory processes and cognitive processes, has limited attempts to consider intersectionality and Social Identity Theory (SIT) together. The aim of this chapter is to address this gap by combining intersectional and SIT approaches, recognizing their contributions and identifying issues and gaps. The chapter provides an overview of the epistemological and ontological differences between the two fields and the divergent ways intersectional and SIT scholars conceptualise individual and collective identity/ies. Close attention is given to the way multiple identities and groups are construed and interpreted. The chapter highlights the significance of conceptualizations of emergent identities, hybridity, practices and space for the study of identity. On this basis, itr examines how studies on spatial contexts of racialised masculinity and the bodily experiences of racialised men can enhance understandings of individual identity negotiations and group processes in specific locations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of diversity in organizations
EditorsRegine Bendl, Inge Bleijenbergh, Elina Henttonen, Albert J Mills
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780199679805
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • identity
  • intersectionality
  • social identity theory
  • race
  • gender


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