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January 2024
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What happens to those living at the margins of US politics and policy – trapped between multiple struggles: gender-based violence, poverty, homelessness, unaffordable healthcare, mass incarceration and immigration? In this book, Margaret Perez Brower offers the concept of 'intersectional advocacy' to reveal how select organizations addressing gender-based violence are closing policy gaps that perpetuate inequalities by gender, race, ethnicity, and class. Intersectional advocacy is a roadmap for rethinking public policy. The book captures how advocacy groups strategically contest, reimagine, and reconfigure policy institutions using comprehensive new strategies that connect issues together. As these groups challenge traditional ways of addressing the most pressing social issues in the US, they uncover deep inequities that are housed within these institutions. Ultimately, organizations practicing intersectional advocacy illuminate how to redraw the boundaries of policies in ways that transform US democracy to be more representative, equitable, and just.


‘In this powerful and important book, Perez Brower uses a multimethod approach grounded in experiences of intersectional advocates as well as social scientific analysis of hypotheticals to draw conclusions about the real and potential impact of intersectional advocacy. She shows the way that intersectional advocates highlight linkages between issues where traditional or single-issue policy advocacy failed to make connections. By making these linkages, advocates transform or ‘reconfigure’ the policy function of the state, fundamentally altering power dynamics. The book not only deepens our theoretical understanding of intersectional advocacy, but also offers lessons for those who want to advance change and improve policy responses to gender-based violence. Engagingly written and passionate in its commitments, the book is must-read for all scholars of policymaking, especially those wishing to understand gender-based violence and/or the substantive representation of marginalized groups in the United States.’

S. Laurel Weldon - Simon Fraser University

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