Lords of Parliament: Manners, Rituals and Politics

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Manchester University Press, Nov 29, 2005 - Political Science - 260 pages
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This is the only anthropological book about the British Parliament. It marks the first time a researcher has had almost untrammelled access, and every significant aspect of the Upper Chamber has been inquired into. The result is a unique portrait, packed with the unexpected, of a surprising institution which is becoming increasingly influential. Meticulous scholarship is combined with clarity in explanation to produce a work that helps to bridge the gap between anthropology and political science.

Political science scholars and students, and those in related fields, as well as anthropologists, will find it of interest, as will many general readers curious about politics.

 

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Contents

Kind words and coronets
8
Performing like a peer
28
Restless natives
42
A social directory
70
Hierachies
93
Are peers equal?
106
Parties and Crossbenchers
130
The usual channels
160
Rules and rituals
183
Men in tights
203
Opening up Parliament
222
Appendices
239
Index
255
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Emma Crewe is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology, University College London, a Research Associate at Warwick University, and a research and policy consultant working in international development in South Asia and Africa.

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