Theorizing emotions in world politics

Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2014) Theorizing emotions in world politics. International Theory, 6 3: 491-514. doi:10.1017/S1752971914000232

Author Hutchison, Emma
Bleiker, Roland
Title Theorizing emotions in world politics
Journal name International Theory   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1752-9719
Publication date 2014-11
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S1752971914000232
Open Access Status
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 491
End page 514
Total pages 24
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Emotions play an increasingly important role in international relations research. This essay briefly surveys the development of the respective debates and then offers a path forward. The key challenge, we argue, is to theorize the processes through which individual emotions become collective and political. We further suggest that this is done best by exploring insights from two seemingly incompatible scholarly tendencies: macro theoretical approaches that develop generalizable propositions about political emotions and, in contrast, micro approaches that investigate how specific emotions function in specific circumstances. Applying this framework we then identify four realms that are central to appreciating the political significance of emotions: (1) the importance of definitions; (2) the role of the body; (3) questions of representation; and (4) the intertwining of emotions and power. Taken together, these building blocks reveal how emotions permeate world politics in complex and interwoven ways and also, once taken seriously, challenge many entrenched assumptions of international relations scholarship.
Keyword International relations
International theory
Foreign policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Fri, 24 Oct 2014, 10:39:50 EST by Dr Emma Hutchison on behalf of School of Political Science & Internat'l Studies