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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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Social Movements and the Focus of Emotional Attention

Social Movements and the Focus of Emotional Attention

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(p.27) Chapter One Social Movements and the Focus of Emotional Attention
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Passionate Politics
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Randall Collins

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226304007.003.0002

Social movements, when successful, are crescive, emergent phenomena. This chapter suggests that in order to understand the shape of their emergent and transient pathways across time, we need to capture their emotional dynamics in a social attention space. Social movements operate inside a social attention space, which has room for only a limited number of participants; hence there is an implicit struggle to position oneself within this attention space. This process largely determines victory or defeat, as well as whether a movement can get off the ground at all and how long it will remain important.

Keywords:   social movements, emotional dynamics, social attention space

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