In The Intersectional Other, Alex Rivera deconstructs the history of power in the United States, critiquing the white colonialism and heteronormativity evident in psychological and medical literature and rejecting the deficiencies projected onto queer Black, Indigenous, and Other People of Color (BIPOC). Rivera compels her readers to envision a world where Intersectional Others hold not just power, but the capacity to evoke societal transformations through creativity, self-love, and revolution. The Intersectional Other boldly reimagines the margins, creating a radical space for readers to de-vilify Otherness and conjure a better future.
Alex Rivera is psychologist and clinical director of Lotus Mental Health and editorial board member of The Counseling Psychologist.
Chapter 1 Us Versus Them: The Historical Significance of Otherness and Power
Chapter 2 The Making of Intersectional Others
Chapter 3 The Perils of the Multiply Marginalized: Minority Stress and Health Impacts of Oppression
Chapter 4 De(colonizing) Otherness
Chapter 5 Dehumanization and Power
Chapter 6 De-Vilifying the Other
Chapter 7 Voices for Change
Chapter 8 “I am Other”: Owning Our Own Power
Rivera delivers readers quite a gift, a generous offering, that might, indeed, deliver us. What Rivera inscribes onto the page is bound to make inroads in people's lives and in systems that impact us. And not only this, but there is, too, a profound sense of generative reconfiguration: a reconfiguration of what marginality can do, a reconfiguration in service of claiming and providing power for those who have been disallowed power. In that vein, this book is powerful.