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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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Finding Emotion in Social Movement Processes: Irish Land Movement Metaphors and Narratives

Finding Emotion in Social Movement Processes: Irish Land Movement Metaphors and Narratives

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(p.251) Chapter Fourteen Finding Emotion in Social Movement Processes: Irish Land Movement Metaphors and Narratives
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Passionate Politics
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Anne Kane

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226304007.003.0015

One major problem confronting social movement scholars is identifying the emotional component of the movement processes. This chapter argues that the place to look for emotions in social movements is in the structure of symbolic models and systems. It elaborates on a multidisciplinary theoretical perspective positing that emotions are metaphorically conditioned and organized, and often complexly structured in narratives. Using the case of the Irish Land War, the chapter focuses on how a political alliance between diverse groups in social movements is made possible through the narrative reconstruction of meaning. It shows how the structure of narratives is often based on metaphoric conceptualizations of emotion, and how this emotional conceptualization contributes to meaning transformation and to the possibility for political alliance and movement solidarity.

Keywords:   social movements, emotions, symbolic models, Irish Land War, political alliance, movement solidarity

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