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Emotional Strategies: The Collective Reconstruction and Display of Oppositional Emotions in the Movement against Child Sexual Abuse

Nancy Whittier

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/9780226304007.003.0014
Emotional Strategies: The Collective Reconstruction and Display of Oppositional Emotions in the Movement against Child Sexual Abuse

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This chapter draws on the case of the movement against child sexual abuse to examine how the reconstruction and expression of oppositional emotions play out in various contexts. Internal movement processes interact with external institutions, the state, and other social movements to shape emotional displays and their ramifications both within movement contexts and within external settings of media, the state, and medical institutions. Emotional displays that emerge in different contexts are shaped by three factors: the oppositional emotions activists construct in internal movement organizations; emotional labor in the public display of emotion; and the emotional opportunities afforded by the external context.

Keywords: social movements; child sexual abuse; internal movement; emotional displays; activists; emotional labor; oppositional emotions

Chapter.  7145 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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