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Published: 31 March 2014

172 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719095566

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Devolution and the Scottish Conservatives

Banal Activism, Electioneering and the Politics of Irrelevance

Alexander Smith

Published by Manchester University Press

New Ethnographies

  • A highly readable ethnographic study of constitutional change, devolution and Scottish politics focusing on the years following the opening of the Scottish Parliament
  • By focusing on 'banal activism' the book makes a unique contribution to the growing scholarly literature on so-called 'new' ethnographic objects and modern knowledge-making practices
  • It focuses on the everyday, mundane practices of 'banal activism' such as paperwork and petty bureaucracy, and is unique, enlightening and valuable to our understanding of contemporary politics in Western liberal democratic societies
  • Newly available in paperback, an innovative, rare and timely ethnographic study of electioneering and party political activism
  • One of the few recent studies of the contemporary Conservative party in the UK
  • The first book in the exciting new MUP series New Ethnographies

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