Gender and politics has over the past 20 years become a vibrant subfield of political science with its own distinct identity. Political science associations recognize it and organize conferences and panels on the issue, books and journals are published and courses are taught at university. As such, the gender and politics discipline has guided us in this book in exploring questions about doing gender and political analysis. In the introductory chapter, we argued that gender and politics contributes to political analysis by inspiring the rethinking of political questions and concepts from gender lenses, expanding the boundaries of ‘the political’, and strengthening the link between theory and praxis. In this concluding chapter, we explore two broad conclusions that this book generates. First, if feminist political analysis is to make sense of political phenomena, it is in need of a plurality of approaches. It needs to be aware of not succumbing to dominant approaches, to let itself be co-opted to either disciplinary cultures or political preferences that create a monoculture in the discipline. Approaches that come closer to the mainstream of political science, such as those centred on ‘women’ or ‘gender’, might achieve greater legitimacy in the mainstream, but also risk becoming vulnerable to practices of exclusion that downplay discursive and postdeconstruction approaches. Reflexivity is thus needed to stay alert regarding processes of marginalization within the discipline of gender and politics.
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