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Authentic and legitimate? The emotional role of ‘grassroots’ community activists in policymaking

Edited by Rosie Anderson

in Community Groups in Context

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9781447327776
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781447327806 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.003.0014
Authentic and legitimate? The emotional role of ‘grassroots’ community activists in policymaking

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This chapter examines the different understandings of the emotional role played by ‘grassroots’ participants in policy-making, while also considering the relationship between emotion, authenticity, and legitimate decision-making. Many see emotional knowledge as at odds with other forms, such as scientific or legal expertise, and since community activists are seen to have a particular affinity with emotion, this helps preserve their respective ‘grassroots’ and ‘professional’ statuses. This chapter explores the rules about who may be emotional, when they may do that, and how emotion should be expressed socially. It also raises some key challenges for policy makers including the power and status of emotion, and what is at stake when using different types of knowledge as the raw materials of policy-making.

Keywords: emotion; grassroots; community activists; policy-making; authenticity; policy makers

Chapter.  6901 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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