This Word is (Not?) Very Exciting: Considering Intersectionality in Indigenous Studies
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AuthorOlsen, Torjer Andreas
Gender and intersectional approaches can provide important insights and reflections for indigenous studies. Issues related to indigenous people and communities are broad and complex. Doing research within indigenous studies has to consist of more than simply discussing indigenous identity. I argue that intersectional approaches of varying kinds provide an opportunity to understand several aspects of identity and a diverse set of issues relevant to indigenous communities. Using intersectional approaches enables one to maintain a critical focus on power. In this article, I describe indigenous studies and intersectionality separately, then move on to a discussion of how intersectionality and gender perspectives can be used within indigenous studies. The starting point for intersectional approaches as well as for indigenous studies is the margins rather than the centre. The focus of the article is on methodology, which is based on the reading of literature from indigenous methodologies, gender studies, and intersectionality. A key concept is the cultural interface, which points towards the existence of plural subject positions both for individuals and within a community.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research on 2nd August 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/08038740.2018.1493534