I saw a tweet by Mikki Kendall which sparked a seed of a beginning of a maybe ginormous project.
As you may remember from my first post — I began this blog as a response to feeling frustrated cataloging a book. The author was writing from his perspective of several intersecting identities, yet LC did not allow, neither in subject headings nor in classification, for me to account for them.
So having been reminded that I’d meant to explore the limits of those intersections — here goes something:
Social usages. Etiquette—General works—American—Special topics
BJ1857.A-Z Other special topics, A-Z
BJ1857.A37 African Americans
BJ1857.E8 Escort service
BJ1857.S5 Sick, The
BJ1857.Y58 Young adults
BJ1857.Y6 Young women
Here you have several given sets of people for whom one could conceivably write an “American etiquette guide.” Let me save you the trouble, the only book in LC’s catalog (in three incarnations) for Escort service is Gentlemen for rent, by Ted Peckham, here’s a link to a New Yorker review of it.
Let’s say you’re holding a resource that’s an etiquette guide for African American girls, where would you class it?
Why Netanel, I can hear you (LC) say, surely no such resource could exist, otherwise we would’ve made a provision for it!
If a resource is targeted at young women, but they are also students, what then?
More to come…
N.B. That subject heading in the title is a little joke — there is no heading for intersectionality, despite the preponderance of works which are about it. Perhaps that should be my next LCSH suggestion
Primer on Intersectionality
- Collins, Patricia Hill; Andersen, Margaret L. (2015) . Race, class, & gender: an anthology. Boston, Massachusetts: Cengage Learning. ISBN 9781305093614.
- Collins, Patricia Hill (2009) . Black feminist thought: knowledge, consciousness, and the politics of empowerment. New York: Routledge. ISBN 9780415964722.
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