Affective Communities in World Politics: Collective Emotions by Emma Hutchison

By Emma Hutchison

feelings underpin how political groups are shaped and serve as. Nowhere is that this extra suggested than in instances of trauma. the feelings linked to pain brought on by struggle, terrorism, traditional mess ups, famine and poverty can play a pivotal function in shaping groups and orientating their politics. This e-book investigates how 'affective groups' emerge after trauma. Drawing on numerous case reports and an strangely huge set of interdisciplinary resources, it examines the function performed via representations, from media photographs to ancient narratives and political speeches. Representations of stressful occasions are the most important simply because they generate socially embedded emotional meanings which, in flip, permit direct sufferers and far-off witnesses to proportion the harm, in addition to the linked loss, in a way that affirms a specific suggestion of collective identification. whereas resulting political orders usually re-establish previous styles, irritating occasions may also generate new 'emotional cultures' that certainly remodel nationwide and transnational communities.

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