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The Social Structure of Moral Outrage in Recruitment to the U.S. Central America Peace Movement

Sharon Erickson Nepstad and Christian Smith

in Passionate Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780226303987
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226304007 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226304007.003.0010
The Social Structure of Moral Outrage in Recruitment to the U.S. Central America Peace Movement

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This chapter proposes that moral outrage was a logical emotional response to information about human rights abuses and atrocities in Central America. Structural factors were central in determining who had access to credible sources of information that formed the basis of this moral outrage. Yet this information did not lead to the same emotional reaction by all U.S. citizens. One's values and identity shape the way the information is perceived and the degree of importance placed upon responding to the situation. Therefore, emotional reactions must be seen as the result of an interactive process of information, culture, organizational and relational ties, and identity.

Keywords: human rights; Central America; moral outrage; emotional response

Chapter.  6641 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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