Introduction: Why Emotions Matter

Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper and Francesca Polletta

in Passionate Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780226303987
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304007 | DOI:
Introduction: Why Emotions Matter

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This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of how emotions have played almost no role in theories of social movements and collective action since the end of the 1960s. It then suggests that although emotions are not explicitly theorized or even recognized, they are nonetheless present in many of the concepts that scholars have used to extend our understanding of social movements in recent years. Mobilizing structures, frames, collective identity, political opportunities — much of the causal force attributed to these concepts comes from the emotions involved in them. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: emotions; politics; social movements; collective action; political action; frames; collective identity; political opportunities

Chapter.  9993 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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