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Thinking Hearts

Thinking Hearts

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction: Thinking Hearts
Source:
The Emotions of Protest
Author(s):
James M. Jasper
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226561813.003.0001

We can’t begin to understand action or meaning without grasping the emotions that give them life. But they come in diverse forms, ranging from short-run reflexes to long-term commitments to groups and to moral ideals. Once we distinguish these types we can see how they interact with each other: how background emotions shape our immediate reactions, and how those quick reactions can be built into ideologies and moral programs.

Keywords:   emotions, causal mechanisms, protest, social movements

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