Textual practice as intersectional practice : situated caste and gender knowledge in India

Nayak, S and Rekha, S 2018, 'Textual practice as intersectional practice : situated caste and gender knowledge in India' , in: Intersectionality in Social Work : Activism and Practice in Context , Routledge advances in Social Work , Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 9-22.

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Abstract

Literary texts are marked with multi-layered, interdependent sensibilities that challenge binary positions of social conditioning. Literary texts, both in terms of composition and content are intersectional. Thus, the practice of writing and reading literary text is a practice of intersectionality, opening up questions about the politics of knowledge production that correspond with unequal intersecting power relations. If, as ‘social beings, women [and clients of social services] are constructed through effects of language and representation’ De Lauretis, 1984: 14), then, the role of text in this construction is rudimentary to intersectionality. Using the lens of intersectionality to think about the production and analysis of literary texts in terms of social work has both an international reach and holds the specificity of diverse social work practice contexts. This analysis of intersectionality, reaching across India and the UK, intersects a diversity of disciplinary fields including, social work, Black feminism and literary textual analysis, and as such, both the content and the method are intersectional. In the spirit of the Black feminist theory of intersectionality, this transgression of geographical and disciplinary borders reflects intersectionality as a theory of the deconstruction of borders (Nayak, 2015: 101 -103).

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Nayak, S and Robbins, R
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Routledge
Series Name: Routledge advances in Social Work
ISBN: 9781315210810
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Depositing User: Dr Suryia Nayak
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2018 14:18
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2020 02:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48277

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