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The House of Commons an Antropology of MPs at Work_

House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs at Work

The idea of a study of the nature of MPs in their own habitat could have been dreamt up from Spitting Image in the early nineties, with David Bellamy getting in close to the slugs, the sheep and the grey leader in white underpants. But anthropologist Emma Crewe respects MPs as humans and goes into the House of Commons at a fascinating time, before the 2015 election, with regard at party politics and Members of Parliament at a modern time low.

A week is a long-time in politics, and already in a few months since publication party politics has taken a new turn. The Labour Party has become a mass membership party again after an election of a leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who packed out halls around the country in his campaign, re-energizing politics by speaking up against an ideological austerity agenda when many in his party, particularly the parliamentary party, had lost either the political will or lacked the intelligence to articulate an alternative. And interestingly Emma Crewe interviewed the backbench Corbyn, giving the book an unexpected element of topicality. Continue reading…