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Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements

Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta


Emotions are back. Once at the center of the study of politics, emotions have receded into the shadows during the past three decades, with no place in the rationalistic, structural, and organizational models that dominate academic political analysis. This collection of chapters aims to reverse this trend, reincorporating emotions such as anger, indignation, fear, disgust, joy, and love into research on politics and social protest. The tools of cultural analysis are especially useful for probing the role of emotions in politics, the book argues. Moral outrage, the shame of spoiled collective id ... More

Keywords: emotions, anger, indignation, fear, disgust, joy, love, social protest, cultural analysis, social movements

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780226303987
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226304007.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeff Goodwin, editor

James M. Jasper, editor

Francesca Polletta, editor

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Introduction: Why Emotions Matter

Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta

Part One Theoretical Perspectives

Part Two Cultural Contexts

Part Three Recruitment and Internal Dynamics

Part Four The Emotions of Conflict