States, Power & Emotion: Toward the Emotional State

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited or keynote talk at national or international conference


UCD Sociology Seminar Series, 21st September, 2016:
This paper is primarily concerned with conceptualizing and outlining a critical approach to the ‘emotional state’. Provisionally, this term should be understood to refer to the various ways in which the nation-state has been directly and indirectly involved in the construction of the emotional life of the polity; the degree to which it reflects (and constructs) the dominant emotional regime(s) and norms, and their transformation. The paper begins by outlining a distinctive approach to the constitution of emotional life, based on ‘affective transactions’, that aims to ground affect and emotion within a process ontology, integrating Whitehead and Bourdieu. It goes on to show how the state (qua state) is variously and centrally implicated in the ongoing ‘emotionalization’ of public and private life, and its legitimization.
Period21 Sept 2016
Event titleUCD Sociology Seminar Series 2016-17
Event typeSeminar
LocationDublin, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational