Inclusion Needs Through the Lens of Intersectionality

It is essential to pivot from conventional approaches that endeavour to assimilate individual identities into pre-existing structures towards a more progressive stance that actively create inclusive organizations to embrace the diverse tapestry and inclusion needs of all people and their intersectionalities.

Published by the International Journal of Social Science Research in Nov 2023
https://doi.org/10.11114/ijsss.v11i6.6518

Abstract

This paper makes a substantial contribution to the fields of inclusion and intersectionality. It addresses the recognized gap in applying intersectionality as a practical framework for creating inclusive environments for all identities and intersectionalities. Drawing upon existing consensus among researchers on the importance of intersectionality, the study conducted in 2023 employs a robust qualitative methodology involving narrative interviews with 22 participants living in the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom and representing diverse identities and intersectionalities to understand their identities, lived-experience and inclusion needs to thrive in work and life. Thematic analysis of participant responses resulted in support of all inclusion needs proposed in Wilson’s (2023) 8-Inclusion Needs of All People framework; Access, Space, Opportunity, Allowance, Representation, Language, Respect, and Support. Consequently, this research paper provides empirical evidence on the applicability of the 8-Inclusion Needs of All People framework, as proposed by Wilson (2023), in addressing multifaceted inclusion needs through the lens of intersectionality to prevent discrimination and promote equity and equal outcomes for all people. Further, as underscored by the participant’s insights, it is essential to pivot from conventional approaches that endeavour to assimilate individual identities into pre-existing structures towards a more progressive stance that actively create inclusive organizations to embrace the diverse tapestry and inclusion needs of all people and their intersectionalities.

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