Emotions, protest, democracy : collective identities in contemporary Spain / Emmy Eklundh.Material type: Text Language of document:EnglishSeries: Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781351205696; 1351205692; 9781351205719; 1351205714; 9781351205689; 1351205684; 9781351205702; 1351205706.Subject(s): Political participation -- Spain | Protest movements -- Spain | Democracy -- Spain | Group identity -- Political aspects -- Spain | National characteristics, Spanish | Spain -- Politics and government -- 21st century | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Advocacy | POLITICAL SCIENCE / General | POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy | POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & TheoryDDC classification: 322/.40946 Online resources: Taylor & Francis | OCLC metadata license agreement
Cover; Endorsement; Half Title; Series Information; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction: A Narrative of Three Crises; A Crisis of Economy; A Crisis of Democracy; A Crisis of Subjectivity; Outline of Book; Notes; References; Part I Emotions; 1 Emotion and Reason in Collective Action; Between Emotion and Reason: Tracing the Tensions; Early Understandings of Collective Emotions; Rising Rationalism; Recovering Emotions; The Affective Turn; Overcoming Dichotomies; Corporeal Affect?
The Politics of Affect and Political SubjectivityNotes; References; 2 Rationality, Consensus, and Dissensus; Political Subjectivity and Rationality; We, the People: Deliberation and the Democratic Sovereign; After Habermas: Deliberation 2.0; Deliberation as an Exclusionary Practice; Bringing Disagreement Back In; The Myth of the Unified Political Sovereign; Voice, Noise, and Subjectivity; Against Consensual Postdemocracy; Affect and Subjectivity?; Notes; References; 3 The Contribution of Radical Democracy; Towards Radical Subjectivity: Psychoanalysis Meets Deconstruction
The Constitutive LackAbundance and Undecidability; Radical Subjectivity; Towards Radical Collectivity: Emptiness and Hegemony; Identity and the Empty Signifier; Affect and Hegemony; Against Hegemony; Hegemony as Decisionism?; Hegemony or Multitude?; Can Hegemony Be Affective?; Identifying the Tensions; Notes; References; Part II Protest; 4 Understanding Movement Unity; Ethnographic Research, Social Movements, and Emotions; Crisis of Economy; Crisis of Democracy; Crisis of Subjectivity: Unity in the Visceral; Come Together: Unity in the Common Space
Of This We Cannot Speak: Unity in Silence and NoiseThe Aesthetics of Resistance: Unity in Artistic Expression; Affect, Emotions, and Political Subjects; Visceral Ties; Notes; References; 5 Collective Identities on Social Media; The Role of Materiality; Beyond the Social Network; Social Media and Methodology; Instances of Centrality in Online Action, 2011-13; Democracia Real Ya! (Real Democracy Now); AcampadaSol; Movimiento 15M; People, Money, Democracy: The New Bread, Peace and Land?; Visceral and Virtual: Two Instances of Hegemony; Notes; References; Part III Democracy
6 From Movement to PartyThe Party of the Many: Horizontal Ambitions; The Man with the Pony Tail: Vertical Practices; Beyond Hybridity: Visceral Ties; Beyond the Matrix: Intentionality vs Spontaneity; Strategy and Articulation in Podemos' Discourse; The Politics of Rivers: Creating Representation; Maturity and Capacity; Conclusion; Notes; References; 7 Digital Participation and Affect; Deliberation as Default? Online Voting and Discussion; Limits to Horizontality; It All Starts with Television; Self-refererentialism and Articulation; Virtually Intentional?; References
With the rise of both populist parties and social movements in Europe, the role of emotions in politics has once again become key to political debates, and particularly in the Spanish case. Since 2011, the Spanish political landscape has been redrawn. What started as the Indignados movement has now transformed into the party Podemos, which claims to address important deficits in popular representation. By creating space for emotions, the movement and the party have made this a key feature of their political subjectivity. Emotions and affect, however, are often viewed as either purely instrumental to political goals or completely detached from 'real' politics. This book argues that the hierarchy between the rational and the emotional works to sediment exclusionary practices in politics, deeming some forms of political expressions more worthy than others. Using radical theories of democracy, Emmy Eklundh masterfully tackles this problem and constructs an analytical framework based on the concept of visceral ties, which sees emotions and affect as constitutive of any collective identity. She later demonstrates empirically, using both ethnographic method and social media analysis, how the movement Indignados is different from the political party Podemos with regards to emotions and affect, but that both are suffering from a broader devaluation of emotional expressions in political life. Bridging social and political theory, Emotions, Protest, Democracy: Collective Identities in Contemporary Spain provides one of the few in-depth accounts of the transition from the movement Indignados to party Podemos, and the role of emotions in contemporary Spanish and European politics.
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