Preaching to the Converted: Parliament and the Proscription Ritual

Jarvis, Lee and Legrand, Tim (2017) Preaching to the Converted: Parliament and the Proscription Ritual. Political Studies, 65 (4). pp. 947-965. ISSN 0032-3217

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    This article explores UK Parliamentary debate around the proscription – or banning – of terrorist organisations. It argues that these debates are usefully conceptualised as a form of political ritual organised around a core script, established participant roles, a shared respect for the performance of democracy and a predictable outcome. Taking these ritualistic aspects seriously extends research on proscription by highlighting the importance of the procedures through which such organisations are produced as requiring exclusion from the UK’s body politic. The article therefore makes three contributions. First, it provides a sustained empirical analysis of data from every relevant UK Parliamentary debate on proscription between 2001 and 2014. Second, it moves academic debate on proscription beyond questions of the power’s effectiveness and legitimacy. And, third, it contributes to contemporary work on political ritual by offering a new heuristic for the analysis thereof centred on four dimensions: orchestration, constitutivity, sedimentation and performativity.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: ritual,parliament,performativity,proscription,counter-terrorism,british politics
    Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies
    University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
    Depositing User: Pure Connector
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2016 00:02
    Last Modified: 18 May 2019 07:31
    DOI: 10.1177/0032321717694049

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