Intersectionality in studying and theorizing singlehood

Elyakim Kislev*, Kris Marsh

*Corresponding author for this work

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This article underscores the importance of recognizing the diversity and intricacy of singlehood and transcending a simplistic view of singles as a monolithic group. By adopting an intersectional approach, researchers can obtain a deeper understanding of singles' experiences and identify their unique needs. Moreover, this understanding has profound implications for social justice endeavors, as singles may encounter compounded discrimination and necessitate deliberate communities and social policies that support them. Specifically, we advance here a four-fold argument. First, singlehood should not only be viewed as a demographic characteristic but also as a chosen status and identity. In turn, researchers must acknowledge divisions such as race, gender, class, and sexuality within this overarching category. Third, intersectionality must be analyzed in its compound and intricate effects, as singlehood intertwines with other categories in distinct ways. Fourth, this carries far-reaching implications, and intersectionality can serve as a critical praxis that informs social justice initiatives.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)412-427
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Family Theory and Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2023

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© 2023 The Authors. Journal of Family Theory & Review published by Wiley Periodicals LLC on behalf of National Council for Family Relations.


  • black families
  • class
  • ethnicity/race issues
  • gender
  • identity and intimacy
  • race
  • singlehood


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