A Structural Approach to Social Movement Emotions

Theodore D. Kemper

in Passionate Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780226303987
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304007 | DOI:
A Structural Approach to Social Movement Emotions

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Social movement researchers who are interested in examining the emotional elements of movement issues cannot be expected to be expert both in social movements and in emotions theory. The modern segmentation of scientific fields generally inhibits such types of dual competence. This chapter provides a brief grounding in what is termed a structural approach to emotions, which is particularly suited to a multiplicity of emotion-related questions that social movement researchers and theorists are likely to confront. A structural approach to emotions examines social structural conditions to explain why specific emotions are either prevalent or likely to arise as the structural conditions either change or continue as before. The structural approach to emotions presents a broad foundation of empirically supported grounds for examining many questions about social movement structure and dynamics.

Keywords: emotions theory; social structure; social movement dynamics; social movement structure

Chapter.  6398 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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