The politics of negative emotions

Dan Degerman (Editor)

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book


Negative emotions, including anger, fear and shame, have been at the heart of recent political events, such as the protests against COVID-19 restrictions. These negative emotions can be politically destructive, leading people to act rashly without due concern for democratic principles. However, they can also accurately signal wrongdoing and motivate acts to redress the situation, as displayed in the Black Lives Matter and climate change movements. This volume brings together perspectives from political science and philosophy to shed new light on the political faces of negative emotions. Engaging with real-world political events from Europe, the US and Africa, contributors critically evaluate much-discussed emotions, such as anger and fear, but also less prominent ones, such as frustration and discomfort.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Bristol Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781529228816
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2023


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