Discourse and emotions in international relations

Koschut, Simon, Hall, Todd H., Wolf, Reinhard, Solomon, Ty, Hutchison, Emma and Bleiker, Roland (2017) Discourse and emotions in international relations. International Studies Review, 19 3: 481-508. doi:10.1093/isr/vix033

Author Koschut, Simon
Hall, Todd H.
Wolf, Reinhard
Solomon, Ty
Hutchison, Emma
Bleiker, Roland
Title Discourse and emotions in international relations
Journal name International Studies Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1521-9488
Publication date 2017-09-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Discussion - responses, round table/panel discussions, Q&A, reply
DOI 10.1093/isr/vix033
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 19
Issue 3
Start page 481
End page 508
Total pages 28
Place of publication Cary, NC United States
Publisher Oxford University Press
Language eng
Subject 3305 Geography, Planning and Development
3320 Political Science and International Relations
Abstract The field of International Relations (IR) has recently witnessed the emergence of a wide variety of different approaches to make sense of the many ways emotions work in and through discourse. This forum takes stock of and investigates this link based on two interrelated questions: Why study emotions through discourse? How can we study emotions through discourse? Concerning the first question, we argue that textual and verbal utterances provide us with a promising way to make emotions empirically accessible for researchers. Regarding the second question, we argue that it is essential to develop specific criteria for the study of emotions via speech acts. We propose three criteria that the study of emotion discourse must answer to, which revolve around theory (what is an emotion?), expression (how are emotions communicated?), and effects (what do emotions do?). In a step toward fostering engagement and dialogue on these questions, the contributors of this forum propose a variety of approaches to study emotion discourse in world politics. The idea is to explore the ways in which discourse evokes, reveals, and engages emotions and how these effects can speak to larger questions in IR. Precisely, the goal with this forum is to go beyond the “emotions matter” approach of the first wave of emotions scholarship in IR to offer more specific ways to integrate the consideration of emotion into existing research, particularly that of a constructivist vein.
Keyword International relations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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