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Crewe, Emma (2014) 'Westminster parlimentarians: Performing Politics.' In: Rai, Shirin M. and Johnson, Rachel E., (eds.), 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
Copyright Statement: Selection and editorial matter © Shirin M. Rai and Rachel E. Johnson 2014. Individual chapters © Respective authors 2014. This is the accepted version of a chapter published in Democracy in Practice: Ceremony and Ritual in Parliament by Palgrave Macmillan. Available online:
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Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 16:25

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