Louisiana State University

The Health Implications of Identity Centrality: Using empirical evidence to support intersectional theorizing

Intersectionality is a theoretical approach and methodology that is useful for sociological analysis of inequality. There is, however, concern that the treatment of identity in intersectional studies is unable to effectively capture meaningful differences -particularly with quantitative analyses. In this talk, Dr. Oyarvide Tuthill draws on data from her most recent published work on identity centrality, or identity importance, to highlight how an intersectional analysis that relies on existing categories of identity can provide important insights on wellbeing. Drawing from data from 1,571 Black and Latinx sexual minorities included in the Social Justice Sexuality Project, she applies an intercategorical intersectional approach to examine the association between the intersection of sexual and racial/ethnic identity centrality and mental well-being. Overall, results emphasize how intersectional experiences of race/ethnicity and sexual identity cannot be easily understood as the ‘‘sum of’’ disadvantage.

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Stubbs Hall, 220

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations

Target Audience

Students, Faculty



Department of Sociology


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