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Emotional States

Sites and spaces of affective governance, 1st Edition

Edited by Eleanor Jupp, Jessica Pykett, Fiona M. Smith


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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography