1st Edition

The Power of Emotions in World Politics

Edited By Simon Koschut Copyright 2020
    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    214 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book argues that the link between emotions and discourse provides a new and promising framework to theorize and empirically analyse power relationships in world politics.

    Examining the ways in which discourse evokes, reveals, and engages emotions, the expert contributors argue that emotions are not irrational forces but have a pattern to them that underpins social relations. However, these are also power relations and their articulation as socially constructed ways of feeling and expressing emotions represent a key force in either sustaining or challenging the social order. This volume goes beyond the "emotions matter" approach to offer specific ways to integrate the consideration of emotion into existing research. It offers a novel integration of emotion, discourse, and power and shows how emotion discourses establish, assert, challenge, or reinforce power and status difference.

    It will be particularly useful to university researchers, doctoral candidates, and advanced students engaged in scholarship on emotions and discourse analysis in International Relations.

    PART I: Introduction and Analytical Framework

    1. Emotion, Discourse, and Power in World Politics

    Simon Koschut


    PART II: Empirical Cases of Emotion Discourse in World Politics

    2. "An Extremely Obnoxious and Illegal Case": Three Approaches to Affect, Emotion and Discourse in the Aftermath of the Zhuhai Incident

    Todd H. Hall

    3. Victimhood as Power in International Conflict

    Brent E. Sasley

    4. "On Monday, Our National Humiliation Will Be Over. We Will Finish with Orders from Abroad": Status, Emotions, and the SYRIZA Government’s Rhetoric in the Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis

    Reinhard Wolf

    5. Emotions and Reconciliation Rhetoric: Banishing the Dark Emotions in Timor-Leste

    Renée Jeffery

    6. Hierarchies, Emotions and Memory in International Relations

    Jelena Subotić & Ayşe Zarakol

    7. Contesting Emotional Governance: Empathy Under Fire in the Israeli Public Sphere During Operation Protective Edge

    Naomi Head

    8. Status, Emotions, and in US-Iran Nuclear Politics

    Ty Solomon

    9. Emotional Intentions: Self-Immolation and Ontological Choice in Tibet

    K. M. Fierke

    10. The Power of Viral Expression in World Politics

    Andrew A.G. Ross


    PART III: Conclusion

    11. Emotion, Agency, and Power in World Politics

    Emma Hutchison & Roland Bleiker


    Simon Koschut is DFG Heisenberg Research Fellow at the Otto Suhr Institute at the Free University Berlin (2015–present). Previously, he held positions at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He has edited four volumes and his work appeared in journals such as Review of International Studies, International Studies Review, Millennium, and Cooperation and Conflict.