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Emotion Work in High-Risk Social Movements: Managing Fear in the U.S. and East German Civil Rights Movements

Jeff Goodwin and Steven Pfaff

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/9780226304007.003.0017
Emotion Work in High-Risk Social Movements: Managing Fear in the U.S. and East German Civil Rights Movements

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This chapter examines the role of emotions in the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and in the East German civil rights or civic movement of the late 1980s. In the process, it hopes to uncover causal mechanisms that may matter for a wide range of social movements. More specifically, it examines the management of fear in these two “high-risk” movements, drawing upon the “emotion management” perspective of Arlie Hochschild (1983). Hochschild's key idea is that in their ongoing social interactions people more or less self-consciously “induce or suppress feeling in order to sustain the outward countenance that produces the proper state of mind in others”.

Keywords: emotions; civil rights; social movements; emotion management; social interactions

Chapter.  7893 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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