By Marcos Engelken-Jorge, Pedro Ibarra Güell, Carmelo Moreno del Rio
Mainstream liberal narratives have usually depicted politics as a question of energy and competing pursuits, brushing off feelings or conceiving them as threats to a rational and well-ordered society. within the final many years, even though, this standpoint has been more and more challenged through a couple of students gaining knowledge of at the complicated and multidimensional function of feelings in politics. This edited assortment goals at offering a concise yet accomplished advent to this sector of analysis. The essays contained during this quantity concentrate on a unmarried case, the Obama phenomenon, illustrating empirically how the variable 'emotions' can enhance political research. Taken jointly, the essays replicate the plurality of ways on hand to the learn of politics and feelings and hence give a contribution to the state-of-the-art debates in this attention-grabbing subject.
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Moreover, to the extent that emotions imply value judgements, they require standardized criteria for judging and attributing responsibilities. e. they are something that simply occurs accidentally, overwhelming us, emotions are actions, they imply power, the capacity to do whatever we want and express in this way our emotions. ” Ronald de Sousa, in turn, develops a philosophical analysis of emotional rationality in his well-known book The Rationality of Emotion. ” His notion of emotional rationality implies a tragic image of life, which departs from the linear and reductionist hyperrationality of certain enlightened authors.
That politics is a personal experience that is guided by emotional perceptions. This is obvious in some extreme cases such as ethnic conflicts. For instance, Petersen has developed an “emotion based approach” that highlights the role played by passions such as hate, fear or resentment in these conflicts. According to this author, the former two emotions are not as relevant as the latter one, but resentment is shown to be decisive, since it connects structure to information; information to beliefs and emotions; and beliefs and emotions to political action and the repertoires of action (Petersen 2002).
This dualism is responsible for an unacceptable narrowing of the political. This is because the reason/passion dichotomy is a key premise of an underlying theoretical logic in which: 1) The foundational exclusion of emotion leads to an unfeigned hyperrationality that, 2) leads to the overvaluation of consensus and the correlative negation of deep conflict as an inescapable dimension of politics. 3) Processes of collective identity construction and mobilization are 32 Emotions & Contemporary Political Theory neglected, hand in hand with rational individualism, and 4) a displacement is promoted of politics by morality, law or economy.
Politics and Emotions: The Obama Phenomenon by Marcos Engelken-Jorge, Pedro Ibarra Güell, Carmelo Moreno del Rio