Emotions, Politics and War

Linda Åhäll, Thomas Gregory
Routledge, 03.07.2015 - 240 Seiten

A growing number of scholars have sought to re-centre emotions in our study of international politics, however an overarching book on how emotions matter to the study of politics and war is yet to be published. This volume is aimed at filling that gap, proceeding from the assumption that a nuanced understanding of emotions can only enhance our engagement with contemporary conflict and war.

Providing a range of perspectives from a diversity of methodological approaches on the conditions, maintenance and interpretation of emotions, the contributors interrogate the multiple ways in which emotions function and matter to the study of global politics. Accordingly, the innovative contribution of this volume is its specific engagement with the role of emotions and constitution of emotional subjects in a range of different contexts of politics and war, including the gendered nature of war and security; war traumas; post-conflict reconstruction; and counterinsurgency operations.

Looking at how we analyse emotions in war, why it matters, and what emotions do in global politics, this volume will be of interest to students and scholars of critical security studies and international relations alike.


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Notes of contributors
mapping emotions politics and
The remains of the
Human dignity basal emotion and a global emotionology
Embodiment emotions and materialism in International
Anger war and feminist storytelling
Aceh after the tsunami and conflict
soldiering temporality and the gendered
resilience emotional fitness
Representations of grief and the Falklands
Constructing crises and articulating affect after 911
Don McCullin Vietnam and the politics
Exposed images of
Grief and the transformation of emotions after
Concluding reflection

Experimenting with emotions
Compassionate soldiering and comfort

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Über den Autor (2015)

Linda Ahall is a Lecturer in International Relations at Keele University, UK.

Thomas Gregory is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at Auckland University, New Zealand.

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