In the previous chapter, we argued that political analysis is concerned with different analytical positions on ‘the political’, that it needs to connect theory and practice, and that gender analyses are particularly apt for making such connection in their analyses of the political. In this chapter, we discuss how one can do gender and political analysis. Given the wide variety of gender perspectives, we will discuss the diversity of approaches to gender and political analysis under five headings: (i) women, (ii) gender, (iii) deconstruction, (iv) intersectionality and (v) postdeconstruction. In this chapter, we introduce the main characteristics of these approaches for doing gender and political analysis, their objects, questions and epistemological underpinnings, highlighting both their contributions and limitations (see Table 2.1). We pay particular attention to the diversity within the approaches, mapping the debates through which each of them has developed and changed and showing how ‘women’, ‘gender’, deconstruction’, intersectionality’ and ‘postdeconstruction’ contain a variety of different and sometimes competing perspectives. The logic informing the distinctions drawn between the five approaches is primarily based on their epistemological and ontological characteristics. Moreover, the order in which approaches are presented is not chronological or hierarchical. Rather, our purpose is to make visible the contributions and limitations of each feminist approach in relation to the others. Through this classification of feminist approaches to political analysis we do not mean to say these five are the only ways to do gender and political analysis.
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