Chapter 11: Intersectionality: the value for occupational health research
The emergent intersectionality framework may offer a powerful vehicle to improve understandings of the role of gender in occupational health outcomes, especially as gender is connected and intersected by class, race, ethnicity, physiology, task, occupational exposure, and other work and life variables that impact health. This chapter explores the applicability of intersectionality to occupational health research, including its value-added to sex/gender research. The chapter first develops a practical definition of the intersectionality framework for the reader. Discussing several ethical dilemmas facing the occupational health discipline, it then makes the case that the central tenets of intersectionality are valuable to the field if it is to maintain a connection to social justice issues. Next, the chapter documents a brief history of the framework in the health sciences field, before discussing several methodological considerations that occupational health researchers should account for when applying an intersectional perspective to their work. The discussion focuses on whether and how an intersectionality framework benefits the study of gender in occupational health research.
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