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Passionate PoliticsEmotions and Social Movements$
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Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226303987

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226304007.001.0001

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Emotion Work in High-Risk Social Movements: Managing Fear in the U.S. and East German Civil Rights Movements

Emotion Work in High-Risk Social Movements: Managing Fear in the U.S. and East German Civil Rights Movements

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(p.282) Chapter Sixteen Emotion Work in High-Risk Social Movements: Managing Fear in the U.S. and East German Civil Rights Movements
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Passionate Politics
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Jeff Goodwin

Steven Pfaff

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226304007.003.0017

This chapter examines the role of emotions in the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and in the East German civil rights or civic movement of the late 1980s. In the process, it hopes to uncover causal mechanisms that may matter for a wide range of social movements. More specifically, it examines the management of fear in these two “high-risk” movements, drawing upon the “emotion management” perspective of Arlie Hochschild (1983). Hochschild's key idea is that in their ongoing social interactions people more or less self-consciously “induce or suppress feeling in order to sustain the outward countenance that produces the proper state of mind in others”.

Keywords:   emotions, civil rights, social movements, emotion management, social interactions

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