1st Edition

Emotional States Sites and spaces of affective governance

Edited By Eleanor Jupp, Jessica Pykett, Fiona M. Smith Copyright 2017
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    What is the political allure, value and currency of emotions within contemporary cultures of governance? What does it mean to govern more humanely? Since the emergence of an emotional turn in human geography over the last decade, the notion that our emotions matter in understanding an array of social practices, spatial formations and aspects of everyday life is no longer seen as controversial. This book brings recent developments in emotional geography into dialogue with social policy concerns and contemporary issues of governance. It sets the intellectual scene for research into the geographical dimensions of the emotionalized states of the citizen, policy maker and public service worker, and highlights new research on the emotional forms of governance which now characterise public life.

    An international range of empirical field studies are used to examine issues of regulation, modification, governance and potential manipulation of emotional affects, professional and personal identities and political technologies. Contributors provide analysis of the role of emotional entanglements in policy strategy, policy implementation, service delivery, citizenship and participation as well as considering the emotional nature of the research process itself. It will be of interest to researchers and students within social policy, human geography, politics and related disciplines.

    1. Introduction: governing with feeling

    Jessica Pykett, Eleanor Jupp and Fiona M. Smith


    PART I: Approaching emotional governance: feminism and gendered labour

    2. Rationality, responsibility and rage: the contested politics of emotion governance

    Janet Newman


    3. Reframing co-production: gender, relational academic labour and the university

    Bryony Enright, Keri Facer and Wendy Larner


    PART II: Emotions in public policy-making

    4. Choice architecture as new governance: the case of the Dutch housing market

    Kayleigh van Oorschot, Menno Fenger and Mark van Twist


    5. Governing mindfully: shaping policy makers’ emotional engagements with behaviour change

    Jessica Pykett, Rachel Howell, Rachel Lilley, Rhys Jones and Mark Whitehead


    6. The sentimental civil servant

    Rosie Anderson


    PART III: Emotions in public services

    7. Behaviourally, emotionally and socially ‘problematic’ students: interrogating emotional governance as a form of exclusionary practice

    Jennifer Lea, Louise Holt and Sophie Bowlby


    8. 'Supporting People': regulation, welfare practice and emotions

    Rachael Dobson


    9. Fearful asymmetry: circuits of paranoia in governing through school inspection

    John Clarke


    10.Troubling feelings in family policy and interventions

    Eleanor Jupp


    PART IV: Emotions of citizenship and participation


    11. The role of multicultural fantasies in the enactment of the state: the English National Health Service (NHS) as an affective formation

    Shona Hunter


    12. Whose feelings count? Performance politics, emotion and government immigration control

    Kirsten Forkert, Emma Jackson and Hannah Jones


    13. Governing through civic pride: pride and policy in local government

    Tom Collins


    14. An affective journey to active citizenship

    Mark Griffiths


    15. The relational spaces of mentoring with young people ‘at risk’

    Fiona M. Smith, Matej Blazek, Donna Marie Brown and Lorraine van Blerk


    Afterword: looking beyond our emotional present

    Elizabeth A. Gagen


    Eleanor Jupp is a Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Kent, UK.

    Jessica Pykett is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK.

    Fiona M. Smith is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Dundee, UK.