Intersectionality and quantitative methods: Explorative and regression based approaches


  • Hans-Peter Y. Qvist
  • Jakob Skjøtt-Larsen



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 


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