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Crewe, Emma (2017) 'Ethnography of Parliament: Finding Culture and Politics Entangled in the Commons and the Lords.' Parliamentary Affairs, 70 (1). pp. 155-172.

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Abstract

Ethnographic approaches are beginning to percolate through political science, but are often taken up as a ‘method’, rather than an approach to methodology and theory. I describe my experience of doing ethnography in the Houses of Lords and Commons. Through the themes of whipping and gender, I explain how theory and method were interwoven and how reflexivity improves rigour. Dealing with the methodological challenge of disjunctions and contradictions is explored through the case studies of constituency work, law-making and ceremonies. Finally, I remark on how ethnographic approaches to ethics entail attention to process and relationships rather than compliance with rules.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 00312290
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1093/pa/gsw012
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2017 16:53
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/23564
Related URLs: https://doi.org ... .1093/pa/gsw012 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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