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How Far is The Parliamentary Work a Product of Collective Action?

Abstract : This contribution takes place in the context of a PhD in anthropology, started in 2007, about the links between technical culture and political culture in the French Parliament's lower house, for which I engaged myself in a long-term field work. The ethnographic approach led me to focus on a shift about what an MP is and what s/he is not: while citizens are tending to see an MP as an individual, s/he is rather considering himself or herself as a team, even if a lot of efforts are made to hide this collective aspect. Several researchers have already insisted that, in various national contexts, parliamentary work is highly collaborative. This is true on two levels: firstly on an institution scale (the parliamentary activity is the sum of the activity of each MP), secondly on a team scale (the parliamentary activity of one MP is the sum of the activity of each member of his staff, plus his own activity). These studies have also pointed that the main part of their staff activity stays invisible most of the time. As I intend to understand how the digital technologies were newly appropriated by MPs, I took this collective and collaborative dimension of parliamentary work as my starting point. Here I defend that brought to light the importance of tools and procedures in the parliamentary network is relevant to step back from the common sense of the activities of this institution.
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Jonathan Chibois. How Far is The Parliamentary Work a Product of Collective Action?. Ethnographies of Parliament Workshop, Oct 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-02989545⟩



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