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Resistance and Emotions
Interrogating Crossroads and Social Change480
This book discusses different ways in which the cross-roads between emotions and resistance can be theorised. While the sociological field focuses primarily on emotions that are entangled in the relationship between the individual and collective, the cultural studies field has recently started to emphasise affects as a 'rescue' from the deterministic aspect of the poststructuralist approach (in which language decides everything) (Hemmings 2005, 2014). Scholars promoting the 'affective turn' argue that affects and interpretations are inseparable. By taking affects as the point of departure, it is argued that it is possible to show how bodies move in their own ways, but still in relation to others. Departing from this, it becomes interesting to explore how emotions are involved in different power relations and how they feed resistance. If we accept that emotions and interpretations are entangled and inseparable then we must investigate emotions as powerful forces of resistance. The chapters were originally published in a special issue of the Journal of Political Power.
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Mikael Baaz is an Associate Professor in International Law and an Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He currently works as a senior lecturer in International Law at the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and as an affiliated senior research fellow in Political Science at the Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, University West. Satu Heikkinen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Karlstad University, Sweden. Heikkinen's research interests are ageing, power and categorisation among others. She is currently writing about ageism and age discrimination. Mona Lilja is a Professor in Sociology at Karlstad University, Sweden, and a Professor in Peace and Development Studies at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Lilja's area of interest is the linkages between resistance and social change as well as the particularities - the character and emergence - of various forms of resistance.
1. Emotions and resistance: An introduction Mikael Baaz, Satu Heikkinen and Mona Lilja 2. Exploring self-loyalty in the context of social acceleration: theorising loyalties as emotions and resistance Markus Arvidson and Jonas Axelsson 3. Norm-critical rationality: emotions and the institutional influence of queer resistance Andreas Henriksson 4. Resistance against material artefacts: university spaces, administrative online systems and emotions Anna-Lena Haraldsson and Mona Lilja 5. Martyrdom and emotional resistance in the case of Northern Kurdistan: hidden and public emotional resistance Minoo Koefoed 6. Everyday resistance in psychiatry through harbouring strategies Mona Lindqvist and Eva Olsson 7. Frontstage and backstage emotion management in civil resistance Majken Jul Sorensen and Andrew Rigby 8. Campaigning for cooperatives as resistance to neoliberal capitalism Kristin Wiksell 9. Some concluding reflections Mikael Baaz, Satu Heikkinen and Mona Lilja