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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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Emotions and Political Identity: Mobilizing Affection for the Polity

Emotions and Political Identity: Mobilizing Affection for the Polity

(p.83) Chapter Five Emotions and Political Identity: Mobilizing Affection for the Polity
Passionate Politics

Mabel Berezin

University of Chicago Press

The collapse of postwar political arrangements in Eastern, and to some extent Western, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia in the past decade has re-mapped geopolitical space and challenged social science to find new ways to conceptualize cultural and social transformation. The fall of long-established regimes coupled with vast shifts in migration flows have catapulted political identity, with its concomitant issues of nationalism, ethnicity, and citizenship, to the forefront of social scientific research. Macrosociological interest in political identity tends to focus principally upon the legal institution of citizenship, the problem of immigration, and juridical issues of membership and group rights. This chapter recasts citizenship as a cultural as well as legal mode of political incorporation and underscores the symbolic and emotional practices that nation-states marshal to mobilize affection for the polity. Wedding emotion and citizenship expands the concept of membership to include the felt experience of national belonging.

Keywords:   political identity, social transformation, citizenship, political incorporation, emotion, national belonging

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