Children and young people’s identities and inequalities are complex: a growing field of interdisciplinary research in the UK and beyond recognises that categories such as ethnicity, ‘race’, gender, social class, disability, sexuality and age intersect in intricate ways, shaping children’s social identities and impacting on their everyday life experiences.
The way in which such interlinking identities generate particular inequalities has been framed in theory and research through the concept of ‘intersectionality’. Intersectional perspectives recognise the diversity of different groups and examine how certain groups are silenced from and marginalised by dominant political debates.
Seminar 1 (2 December 2013) has introduced the concept of intersectionality and its potential meanings and purposes for understanding childhood identities and inequalities. Building on collaborations with Investing in Children, the Children’s Parliament and LGBT Youth Scotland, Seminar 2 (20 March 2014) brought in the perspectives from children and young people on how they view the intersectional dimensions of their identities and any inequalities they experience.