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Unformatted text preview: Hypatia, Inc. ,WV $OO LQ WKH )DPLO\ ,QWHUVHFWLRQV RI *HQGHU 5DFH DQG 1DWLRQ $XWKRUV 3DWULFLD +LOO &ROOLQV 5HYLHZHG ZRUNV 6RXUFH +\SDWLD 9RO 1R %RUGHU &URVVLQJV 0XOWLFXOWXUDO DQG 3RVWFRORQLDO )HPLQLVW &KDOOHQJHV WR 3KLORVRSK\ 3DUW 6XPPHU SS 3XEOLVKHG E\ Blackwell Publishing RQ EHKDOI RI Hypatia, Inc. 6WDEOH 85/ http://www.jstor.org/stable/3810699 . $FFHVVHG Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that helps scholars, researchers, and students discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content in a trusted digital archive. We use information technology and tools to increase productivity and facilitate new forms of scholarship. For more information about JSTOR, please contact email@example.com. Hypatia, Inc. and Blackwell Publishing are collaborating with JSTOR to digitize, preserve and extend access to Hypatia. http://www.jstor.org It's All In the Family: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Nation PATRICIA HILL COLLINS Intersectionality has attracted substantial scholarly attention in the 1990s. Rather than examining gender, race, class, and nation as distinctive social hierarchies, intersectionality examines how they mutually construct one another. I explore how the traditional family ideal functions as a privileged exemplar of intersectionality in the United States. Each of its six dimensions demonstrates specific connections between family as a gendered system of social organization, racial ideas and practices, and constructions of U.S. national identity. When former vice president Dan Quayle used the term family values near the end of a speech at a political fundraiser in 1992, he apparently touched a national nerve. Following Quayle's speech, close to three hundred articles using the term family values in their titles appeared in the popular press. Despite the range of political perspectives expressed on "family values," one thing remained clear-"family values," however defined, seemed central to national well-being. The term family values constituted a touchstone, a phrase that apparently tapped much deeper feelings about the significance of ideas of family, if not actual families themselves, in the United States. Situated in the center of "family values" debates is an imagined traditional family ideal. Formed through a combination of marital and blood ties, ideal families consist of heterosexual couples that produce their own biological children. Such families have a specific authority structure; namely, a father- head earning an adequate family wage, a stay-at-home wife, and children....
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