Intersectionality and quantitative methods: Explorative and regression based approaches

  • Hans-Peter Y. Qvist
  • Jakob Skjøtt-Larsen
Keywords: Intersectionality, quantitative methods, regression analysis, interaction term, correspondence analysis, GDA


An intersectional approach to sociological analysis is based on the idea that different systems of oppression and forms of discrimination that relate to social categories such as gender, sexuality, religion, race/ethnicity, and social class/socioeconomic status constitute and shape each other’s impact in complex ways. Accordingly, the concept of intersectionality does not prioritize specific sociological methods. In practice, however, qualitative methods dominate intersectionality research. This methodological one-sidedness has the unfortunate consequence that the magnitude and stability of relations of structural inequality appear as premises, but are not subjected to empirical analysis in qualitative research. Thus, important work remains to be done to integrate quantitative methods in Danish as well as in international intersectionality research if a one-sided focus on qualitative methods is to be avoided. Our purpose with this research paper is, using two empirical examples – one based on regression analysis and one based on correspondence analysis – to illustrate how quantitative methods can fruitfully be applied in intersectionality research.


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