Motivation and Emotion

James M. Jasper

in The Oxford Handbook of Contextual Political Analysis

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780199270439
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

 Motivation and Emotion

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This article considers the use of emotion and motivation as analytic tools for understanding politics. It outlines the distinction among different categories of feelings that have been often lumped together in order to discourage conceptual overextension. These include urges, reflexes, affective allegiances, moods, and moral sentiments. This article compares internal and external motives and discusses political analysts' efforts to find ways to make unconscious system imperatives or false consciousness into conscious ones which can be resisted.

Keywords: emotion; motivation; politics; feelings; conceptual overextension; false consciousness; affective allegiances; moral sentiments; urges; reflexes

Article.  6285 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Methodology ; Public Policy

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