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Rai, Shirin M. and Spary, Carole (2019) Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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Abstract

Breaking new ground in scholarship on gender and politics, Performing Representation is the first comprehensive analysis of women in the Indian Parliament. It explores the possibilities and limits of parliamentary democracy and the participation of women in its institutional performances. Performing Representation offers a new, multi-method analysis of the gendered nature of India’s Parliament. Through an examination of electoral data, media reports, and life stories of women MPs it sheds light on the performance, aesthetics, and norms of parliamentary life. It explores how the gendered axis of power underpins the performance of Parliament and its members as well as the political economy in which they are embedded. The book makes a strong case for taking parliamentary politics seriously in these times of populism, without either a utopian framing of women MPs as challengers of masculinized institutional politics or seeing them simply as docile actors in a gendered institution. Performing Representation raises critical questions about the politics of difference, claim-making, representation, and intersectionality. It addresses these questions as part of global feminist debates on the importance of women’s representation in political institutions.

Item Type: Authored Books
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
ISBN: 9780199489053
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780199489053.001.0001
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2023 09:08
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/38308
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