December Essay Dialogue: Emotions in Motion

Over the past decade, scholars have been revisiting the role of emotions in collective action, a topic long ignored in order to emphasize the rational nature of many social movement activities.  This essay dialogue seeks to stimulate discussion on whether this renewed focus on emotions supplements today’s dominant understanding of movements as rational, or if it undermines prevailing wisdom, forcing us to rethink some things we thought we knew.  Contributors have made some fascinating claims and insights, including how a “feeling-thinking” theory of action can contribute to cultural approaches to protest, how emotions can prevent social action, how emotions work in tandem with rational cognitive processes to shape behavior, how emotions can shape national discourse, and how careful methodology is needed for locating emotion in various aspects of social movements.  Many thanks to the distinguished scholars who have contributed to this first round of this dialogue:

Christopher Bail, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (essay)
Helena Flam, University of Leipzig (essay)
Eric Groenendyk, University of Memphis (essay)
James Jasper, Graduate Center of CUNY (essay)
Kari Norgaard, University of Oregon (essay)
Nancy Whittier, Smith College (essay)

We also thank the following individuals for their thoughtful response pieces for this dialogue:

Ron Eyerman, Yale University (essay)
Jeff Goodwin, New York University (essay)
Erika Summers Effler, University Notre Dame (essay)

Editors in Chief,
Grace Yukich, David Ortiz, Rory McVeigh, and Dan Myers

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