IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Inequality, Intersectionality and Intergenerational Relations

Our research and teaching in this area address the causes and consequences of material disadvantage and social exclusion for children, young people, families, and intergenerational relations.

Social categories

A key idea is that social categories are intersectional so that each person is simultaneously positioned in multiple categories.


This has implications for ontological understandings of identities and what it means to be a person. In particular, an intersectional lens helps us to see that people's experiences, practices and identities differ according to context and change over time.

Social categories mutually constitute each other and have different relevance and meanings in different settings. Epistemologically, power relations, social differences and commonalities are plural, dynamic and central to understanding individuals and societies.


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