Intersectional Representation in Young Adult Narratives: Background information when reading Anger Is a Gift

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Anger Is a Gift

by Mark Oshiro

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Intersectional Representation in Young Adult Narratives

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Intersectionality DiagramIntersectionality is a term coined by Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw almost three decades ago to explain how the oppression of African-American women was compounded by both race and gender. Essentially, she described the intersection of identities as affecting how much or how little power someone has within a society. It is a once-primarily academic and legal term that has become ubiquitous in the current zeitgeist of identity politics and racial justice. However, when talking about different kinds of representation encoded within novels, especially young adult novels, it is a really useful tool with which to interrogate what kinds of diversity we are seeing, and to determine if it is done in a way that engages with the real aspects of those identities, or if it is done in a way that is token for the sake of saying that there is a particular "type" of character present.

Mark Oshiro's Anger is a Gift is a good example of intersectionally nuanced and diverse representation. Oshiro&#...

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