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 stated than in occasions of trauma. the feelings linked to agony because of battle, terrorism, traditional failures, famine and poverty can play a pivotal function in shaping groups and orientating their politics. This booklet investigates how 'affective groups' emerge after trauma. Drawing on numerous case reports and an surprisingly large set of interdisciplinary resources, it examines the function performed by means of representations, from media pictures to old narratives and political speeches. Representations of worrying occasions are an important simply because they generate socially embedded emotional meanings which, in flip, allow direct sufferers and far-off witnesses to percentage the damage, in addition to the linked loss, in a way that affirms a selected concept of collective identification. whereas resulting political orders frequently re-establish previous styles, aggravating occasions may also generate new 'emotional cultures' that surely rework nationwide and transnational communities.

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