Intersectionality and Representation

in Affirmative Advocacy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226777405
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226777450 | DOI:
Intersectionality and Representation

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This chapter introduces the contemporary universe of organizations representing women, racial minorities, and low-income people in national politics. Organizations representing marginalized groups claim a distinctive mandate when it comes to advocating for their constituents in politics and policy making. Advocacy organizations help compensate for inadequate levels of formal political representation for marginalized groups in all of the aforementioned ways, and vary widely in how accountable they are to their constituencies. Evidence from the survey and interviews shows that organization officers feel a responsibility to speak on behalf of many subgroups within their constituencies and also recognize and embrace their roles as mediators in a variety of different and important ways. Advocacy organizations advance a conceptualization of representation that embodies the pursuit of social justice as a central goal.

Keywords: advocacy organizations; women; racial minorities; national politics; marginalized groups; policy making; representation; social justice

Chapter.  11515 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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