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Performing Representation: Women Members in the Indian Parliament

Shirin M. Rai and Carole Spary


Breaking new ground in scholarship on gender and politics, Performing Representation is the first comprehensive analysis of women in the Indian Parliament. It explores the possibilities and limits of parliamentary democracy and the participation of women in its institutional performances. Performing Representation offers a new, multi-method analysis of the gendered nature of India’s Parliament. Through an examination of electoral data, media reports, and life stories of women MPs it sheds light on the performance, aesthetics, and norms of parliamentary life. It explores how the gendered axis o ... More

Keywords: representation, participation, gender, Parliament, debates, performance, gendered axis, parliamentary democracy, populism, politics of difference

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199489053
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199489053.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shirin M. Rai, author
Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick

Carole Spary, author
Assistant Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham