1st Edition

Love as a Collective Action Latin America, Emotions and Interstitial Practices

By Adrian Scribano Copyright 2020
    188 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    186 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book makes evident how love, as an interstitial practice, produces a set of collective practices and how, through a mapping of these practices, it is possible to observe the connection between the politics of sensibilities and social conflict.

    The book provides – in the face of a global normalization of immediate enjoyment through consumption, the internationalization of fear and anxiety, the rise of "post-truth" and a distrust regarding politics – a systematic analysis of love as an interstitial practice. This book follows a sociology of body/emotions approaches within which sensations, emotions and sensibilities are part of dialectical social structuration process.

    The book proposes love not only as an effect or trait of a society, but also as an analytical tool for better understanding the processes of social structuring. It connects a sociology of bodies/emotions with a specific perspective on collective action and links conflictual structures and the politics of sensibilities in six Latin American countries by using a strategy of inquiry attuned to current patterns of social transformation, that of digital ethnography. This work is of interest to a wide public, those who want to know which emotions are the prevailing in Latin America, as well as specialists such as sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists and all researchers and graduate students who are interested in the connections between conflict, society and emotions.  

    Introduction; 1 Sociology of bodies/emotions; 2 Love for love: filial love as interstitial practice; 3 Mexico: all the violence, all the helplessness; 4 Guatemala: femicide and women power; 5 Brazil: repression, fear, respect and fraternity; 6 Uruguay: institutionalization, neglect and hope; 7 Chile: "modernization" and love; 8 Argentina: between abandonment and social pain; 9 Love, the politics of sensibilities and collective action


    Adrian Scribano is Director of the Centre for Sociological Research and Studies (CIES estudiosociologicos.org) and Principal Researcher at the National Scientific and Technological Research Council, Argentina.