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Crewe, Emma (2021) An Anthropology of Parliaments: Entanglements in Democratic Politics. London: Routledge.

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Abstract

The Anthropology of Parliaments offers a fresh, comparative approach to analysing parliaments and democratic politics, drawing together rare ethnographic work by anthropologists and politics scholars from around the world. Crewe’s insights deepen our understanding of the complexity of political institutions. She reveals how elected politicians navigate relationships by forging alliances and thwarting opponents; how parliamentary buildings are constructed as sites of work, debate and the nation in miniature; and how politicians and officials engage with hierarchies, continuity and change. This book also proposes how to study parliaments through an anthropological lens while in conversation with other disciplines. The dive into ethnographies from across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Region demolishes hackneyed geo-political categories and culminates in a new comparative theory about the contradictions in everyday political work. This important book will be of interest to anyone studying parliaments but especially those in the disciplines of anthropology and sociology; politics, legal and development studies; and international relations.

Item Type: Authored Books
Keywords: Parliaments
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
ISBN: 9781350089594
Copyright Statement: The right of Emma Crewe to be identified as author of this work has been asserted by them in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Trademark notice: Product or corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks, and are used only for identification and explanation without intent to infringe. The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial- No Derivatives 4.0 license.
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003084488
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2021 12:38
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/35226
Related URLs: https://www.rou ... k/9781350089594 (Publisher URL)
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council, European Union

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