Introduction: Interrogating the 'everyday' politics of emotions in international relations


The focus on the everyday in this Special Issue reveals different kinds of emotional practices, their political effects and their political contestation within both micro- and macro-politics in international relations. The articles in this Special Issue address the everyday negotiation of emotions, shifting between the reproduction of hegemonic structures of feelings and emancipation from them. In other words, the everyday politics of emotions allows an exploration of who gets to express emotions, what emotions are perceived as (il)legitimate or (un)desirable, how emotions are circulated and under what circumstances. Consequently, we identify two thematic strands which emerge as central to an interrogation of ‘everyday’ emotions in international relations and which run through each of the contributions: first, an exploration of the relationship between individual and collective emotions and, second, a focus on the role of embodiment within emotions research and its relationship with the dynamics and structures of power.

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Divisions: Languages & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations
Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC)
Languages & Social Sciences > Aston Centre for Europe
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Embodiment,emotions,everyday politics,levels of analysis,micro-politics,power,Sociology and Political Science,Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-06-01
Published Online Date: 2019-02-21
Accepted Date: 2019-02-06
Authors: Beattie, Amanda R ( 0000-0002-5952-2554)
Head, Naomi
Eroukmanhoff, Clara



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