Intersectionality in Social Work: Approaches in Social Work Practice and Education

This guide highlights popular and scholarly resources that cover the intersection of identities and its impact on social work practice and education.

Intersectional Approach to Social Work

How can intersecting identities impact social work practice? 

Social work emphasizes the need for capturing the complexity that exists among the interrelatedness of social systems. The intersectional perspective acknowledges the breadth of human experiences, rather than conceptualizing social relations and identities separately in terms of race, class, gender or sexuality (from Incorporating Intersectionality in Social Work Practice, Research, Policy, and Education by Yvette Murphy, Valerie Hunt, Anna M. Zajicek, Adele N. Norris, Leah Hamilton, 2009).