Giannina Muñoz Arce
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Universidad de Chile

Daniela Larraín-Salas
Orcid ID: 0000-0002-2858-236X
Birkbeck College, University of London, UK


With the start of Social Welfare Systems throughout Latin America, and following up a rights-based approach as a guiding framework for State intervention, the pursuit of integral care in social programs has become increasingly explicit. Integrality, in this sense, involves recognizing and addressing the manifold dimensions that make up social programs. In this work we argue that the intersectional approach offers significant analytical –epistemic and ethical– possibilities to accomplish the pledge for integral care in social policies. We suggest integrality could be conceived on a critical view, considering oppression not only as a manifold configuration, but also as an expression of interdependent and overlapping discrimination and subalternity categories. This paper analyses social programs addressing gender violence under this intersectional view, and identifies challenges for the professional teams performing social intervention under this approach.

Keywords: intersectionality, social programs, integrality, social intervention, Latin America.