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Crewe, Emma (2014) 'The Westminster Parliament: performing politics.' In: Rai, Shirin, (ed.), Democracy in Practice: ceremony and ritual in Parliament. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 40-59.

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My aim is to explore the work of Westminster Members of Parliament (MPs) in parliament and constituencies and convey both the diversity and dynamism of their political performances.1 Rather than contrasting MPs with an idealised version of what they might be, I interpret MPs’ work as I see it. If I have any moral and political intent, it is to argue that disenchantment with politics is misdirected — we should target our critiques at politicians in government rather than in their parliamentary role — and to call for fuller citizens’ engagement with political processes.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Political performance, MPs, House of Commons, political anthropology
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISBN: 9781137361905
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Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 16:25

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