Ashley J. Bohrer
Marxism and Intersectionality
Ashley J. Bohrer (PhD) is an academic, activist, and public intellectual. She is
an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame and previously held a
postdoctoral position at Hamilton College. Her research in the fields of phi-
losophy, critical race studies, decolonial theory, intersectional feminism, and
Marxism explores the intersections of capitalism, colonialism, racism and het-
ero/sexism. As an activist, she is affiliated with various feminist, anti-racist and
A Phenomenology of Racialized Lateness
1. INTRODUCTION: RACISM, COLONIALISM,
If racism is reflected not only in economic, social, and political conditions, but
also structures lived experience itself, then anomalies and breakdowns in expe-
rience cannot be studied as purely individual afflictions in racial societies. The
study of the ways in which racism is lived – of “aberrations of affect” 2, embo-
diment, agency, and I would add temporality – raises the question of how psy-
chopathology may crystallize social
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theorists and activists are obliged to work
through: how have previous attempts at solidarity failed so thoroughly as to
provoke the notion that solidarity is a fundamentally racialized and gendered
concept, perhaps stabilizing institutions of power rather than unsettling
them? To this conversation, we should counter-pose similar viral hashtags:
#IAmTray vonMartin and #WeAreAllTrayvon. Initially the hashtags, used
mostly by black people, demonstrated the ways in which being subjected to
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discussed below—double, triple, or
multiple jeopardy, standpoint theory, superexploitation, sexist racism—are
exactly the same as intersectionality as a theory would itself fall prey to precisely
this inattentive generalization. Hancock uses “intersectionality-like thought”
to describe the history of black feminist theorizing in her book on the history
of intersectionality13 and Carastathis uses “precursor concepts” to refer to this
history.14 Broadly speaking, the idea of precursor concepts marks ideas, dis-
courses, and analyses that came before intersectionality
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