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Resistance and Emotions

Interrogating Crossroads and Social Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Mikael Baaz, Satu Heikkinen, Mona Lilja


140 pages

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This book discusses different ways in which the cross-roads between emotions and resistance can be theorised. While the sociological field focuses primarily on emotions that are entangled in the relationship between the individual and collective, the cultural studies field has recently started to emphasise affects as a ‘rescue’ from the deterministic aspect of the poststructuralist approach (in which language decides everything) (Hemmings 2005, 2014). Scholars promoting the ‘affective turn’ argue that affects and interpretations are inseparable. By taking affects as the point of departure, it is argued that it is possible to show how bodies move in their own ways, but still in relation to others. Departing from this, it becomes interesting to explore how emotions are involved in different power relations and how they feed resistance. If we accept that emotions and interpretations are entangled and inseparable then we must investigate emotions as powerful forces of resistance.

The chapters were originally published in a special issue of the Journal of Political Power.

Table of Contents

1. Emotions and resistance: An introduction,

Mikael Baaz, Satu Heikkinen and Mona Lilja

2. Exploring self-loyalty in the context of social acceleration: theorising loyalties as emotions and resistance

Markus Arvidson and Jonas Axelsson

3. Norm-critical rationality: emotions and the institutional influence of queer resistance

Andreas Henriksson

4. Resistance against material artefacts: university spaces, administrative online systems and emotions

Anna-Lena Haraldsson and Mona Lilja

5. Martyrdom and emotional resistance in the case of Northern Kurdistan: hidden and public emotional resistance

Minoo Koefoed

6. Everyday resistance in psychiatry through harbouring strategies

Mona Lindqvist and Eva Olsson

7. Frontstage and backstage emotion management in civil resistance

Majken Jul Sørensen and Andrew Rigby

8. Campaigning for cooperatives as resistance to neoliberal capitalism

Kristin Wiksell

9. Some concluding reflections

Mikael Baaz, Satu Heikkinen and Mona Lilja

About the Editors

Mikael Baaz is an Associate Professor in International Law and an Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He currently works as a senior lecturer in International Law at the Department of Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and as an affiliated senior research fellow in Political Science at the Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, University West.

Satu Heikkinen is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Karlstad University, Sweden. Heikkinen’s research interests are ageing, power and categorisation among others. She is currently writing about ageism and age discrimination.

Mona Lilja is a Professor in Sociology at Karlstad University, Sweden, and a Professor in Peace and Development Studies at the School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Lilja’s area of interest is the linkages between resistance and social change as well as the particularities – the character and emergence – of various forms of resistance.

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