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Empire and Intersectionality. Notes on the Production of Knowledge about US Imperialism

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Author(s): John Munro

Journal: Globality Studies Journal : Global History, Society, Civilization
ISSN 1557-0266

Volume: 2008;
Issue: November18;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: anticolonial discourse | empire | intersectionality | knowledge production | US history

ABSTRACT
This essay provides an intellectual history of US imperialism throughout and since the twentieth century based on the assumption that current academic analysis and debate can only be properly understood as in conversation with social movement knowledge production. The essay shows how critical traditions developed intersectional approaches to the study of empire, primarily between race and class, increasingly augmented by attention to gender, the land, sexuality, and culture. “Empire and Intersectionality” tracks the main currents in the academic literature before and since the 1960s, pointing to the continued overlap with ideas generated outside academia. The discussion then turns to an appraisal of some of the most recent interventions including contributions by prominent public intellectuals.
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