Feminist political analysis: Exploring strengths, hegemonies and limitations



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Lombardo, Emanuela and Kantola, Johanna (2017) Feminist political analysis: Exploring strengths, hegemonies and limitations. Feminist Theory . ISSN 1464-7001

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Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1464700117721882


Austerity politics, war in the Middle East and at other borders of the European Union, the rise of nationalisms, the emergence of populist parties and politicians, Islamophobia and the refugee crisis are amongst the recent developments suggesting the need for discussions about the theories and concepts that academic disciplines provide for making sense of societal, cultural and political transformations. In this article, we focus on the capacities of feminist political theories to undertake this task. By assessing different feminist approaches to political analysis that range from focusing on women and men, to analysing gender, to doing intersectionality and to adopting post-structural and new materialist approaches, we explore the contributions and the limitations of each framework. This allows us to consider where feminist theoretical debates on gender and politics currently are, to assess old and new developments and to address lacunae in the debate. Our argument is that dominant approaches in political science influence the emergence and marginalisation of particular feminist frameworks for political analysis, but also that feminist theorising of gender and politics, in striving for recognition within mainstream political science, reproduces its own hegemonies and marginalisations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Feminist theory, Gender, Intersectionality, New materialism, Political analysis, Poststructuralism, Women
Subjects:Social sciences > Political science > Human rights
Social sciences > Political science > Political theories
ID Code:45202
Deposited On:25 Oct 2017 10:23
Last Modified:19 Dec 2018 12:15

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