The political sociology of emotions: essays on trauma and ressentiment (2020)

in: Routledge studies in the sociology of emotions

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"This book articulates the political sociology of emotions as a sub-field of the emotions sociology in relation to cognate disciplines and sub-disciplines. Far from reducing politics to affectivity, the political sociology of emotions is coterminous with political sociology itself plus the emotive angle added in the investigation of its traditional and more recent areas of research. The worldwide predominance of affective anti-politics (e.g. the securitization of immigration policies, reactionism, terrorism, competitive authoritarianism, nationalism and populism, etc.) makes the political sociology of emotions increasingly needed for making the prospects of democracy and republicanism in the 21st century more intelligible. Through a weak constructionist theoretical perspective, the book shows the utility of this new sub-field by coping with two central themes: trauma and ressentiment. Trauma is considered as a key cultural-political phenomenon of our times evoking both negative and positive emotions; ressentiment is a pertaining individual and collective political emotion allied to insecurities and moral injuries. In tandem, they constitute fundamental experiences of late modern times. The value of the political sociology of emotions is revealed in the analysis of civil wars, cultural traumas, the politics of pity, the suffering of distant others in the media, populism, and national identities in both sides of the Atlantic"--