This introduction offers an overview of the central themes and topics addressed in this Research Handbook on Feminist Political Thought. It describes the specific topics in feminist theory addressed by the chapters included, while also explaining the importance of feminist scholarship to the twenty-first century. We argue that feminism operates as a crucial counter, corrective, and critique of politics as usual, and adumbrates a different world in which an alternative politics, or “politics otherwise,” comes into being. Such a world can be variously characterized by an ethic of care, a deep-seated critique of neoliberal policies, a refusal to accept the current level of violence and insecurity, and an openness toward alternative identities, genders, sexualities, and creative expression. This introduction therefore explains the pressing need for feminist political thought today and draws upon a plurality of lived struggles that, however different across time and place, can connect us as we insist upon a better world.

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