Emotion as Power: Capital, Strategy and the Field of Power

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Abstract

Recent work across the social sciences have converged on the emotions. In the vanguard of these advances has been the sociology of emotions, broadly defined, which, in various guises – structural, cultural, critical, social psychological, positivist and so on – has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the emotional dimensions of social life, and the central role that emotion plays in formation, maintenance, transformation, and destruction of a wide array of social bonds, and at different levels. In this paper, and building on previous work (Heaney, 2011; forthcoming), I wish to make a contribution to an increasingly important interdisciplinary sub-field – the political sociology of emotion – and to reconsider and explain the increasingly important role of embodied emotional practice, understood as the strategic deployment of emotional capital, in contemporary party politics. Assessing and contributing to contemporary issues and debates, the overall argument of the paper that is that emotions themselves have become a key form and source of political power in the 21st century.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 29 Aug 2018
EventEuropean Sociological Association - Interim Conference of the Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11) - University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 27 Aug 201830 Aug 2018

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Sociological Association - Interim Conference of the Sociology of Emotions Research Network (RN11)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period27/08/201830/08/2018

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