Interdisciplinary Approaches to Emotions in Politics and International Relations

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Interdisciplinary Approaches to Emotions in Politics and International Relations

  • Alex Prior School of Politics and International Studies, Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law, University of Leeds, UK
  • Yuri van Hoef History of International Relations, Department of History and Art History, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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Abstract:  The ‘emotional turn’ within the social sciences and humanities attracts increasing scholarly attention. Political Science, traditionally emphasising the ‘rational’ public sphere rather than the ‘emotional’ private sphere, has increasingly questioned this dichotomisation, identifying broader political concepts and practices. The international political process—frequently characterised by widespread distrust, populist campaigns and extreme rhetoric—necessitates addressing and examining its underlying emotions. Informal, affective manifestations of politics are enormously influential, profoundly shaping inter- and intra-national democracy; they accordingly require interdisciplinary study. This thematic issue of Politics and Governance includes disciplines as diverse as education, history, international relations, political theory, psychology, and sociology. In doing so, we illustrate that emotions are cross-disciplinary concerns, relevant beyond the study of politics.

Keywords:  affect; emotions; friendship; individualisation; interdisciplinary; international relations; narratives; political history; political science

Published:   28 December 2018


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