Marxism and Diversity: Contradictions and Continuities
Traditional Marxism focuses on class issues with race, gender and sexual orientation as secondary contradictions. This often results in minimizing or ignoring racism, sexism and homophobia. Diversity scholars, on the other hand, often discuss parallel systems of oppression with no single oppression being fundamental or important. This is sometimes called the "intersectionality" approach or the "race, class, gender" approach. This often results in minimizing the centrality of capitalism in the process of globalization. The goal of this session is to try to bridge these differences and take the best of the Marxist and intersectional approaches in order to better understand diversity issues.
Keywords: Marxism, Diversity, Intersectionality
Dr. Fred L. Pincus
Professor, Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland Baltimore County