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Conclusion: Second that Emotion?: Lessons from Once-Novel Concepts in Social Movement Research

Francesca Polletta and Edwin Amenta

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/9780226304007.003.0018
Conclusion: Second that Emotion?: Lessons from Once-Novel Concepts in Social Movement Research

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This chapter offers some cautionary lessons from the experience of other once-novel concepts in the sociology of social movements. Students of movement emotions can best reorient existing theoretical paradigms by identifying the conditions in which emotional dynamics explain the emergence and trajectories of movements better than the structural and cognitive processes usually cited. At the same time, students of movement emotions should not hesitate to ask macro-historical questions about how dominant emotion cultures come into being and shape widespread perceptions of what is strategic, what is political, and what is an interest.

Keywords: social movements; sociology; movement emotions

Chapter.  5496 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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