SOAS University of London

SOAS scholar shortlisted for BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed’s Ethnography Award 2016

2 November 2016

Professor Emma Crewe, Professorial Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS University of London has been shortlisted for the BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed’s Ethnography Award 2016.

Professor Crewe was shortlisted for her book The House of Commons: An Anthropology of MPs at Work, a work which examines the hidden mechanisms of parliamentary democracy. Based on unprecedented access and two years of interviews and research in the Palace of Westminster and MPs’ constituencies, Dr Crewe’s book challenges the existing scholarship on political institutions and party politics. She provides a radical alternative to the study of British politics by demonstrating that all of its processes hinge on culture, ritual and social relations.

BBC Radio 4 Thinking Allowed’s Ethnography Award 2016 is run in association with the British Sociological Association. The annual award recognises a study that has made a significant contribution to ethnography: the in-depth analysis of the everyday life of a culture or sub-culture. The award has been running since 2014, and is decided by a panel of five academic judges.