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Space for emotion in the spaces of activism

Emotion, Space and Society, vol.2 no.1 pp.24-35, July 2009


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Resource IDbrown2009
Resource titleSpace for emotion in the spaces of activism
Author(s)Gavin Brown, Jenny Pickerill
Publication/ sourceEmotion, Space and Society, vol.2 no.1 pp.24-35
Date publishedJuly 2009
Summary text/ abstractThis paper explores the role of emotions in activism. Although, increasingly, researchers have examined what emotions inspire or deter different forms of political and social movement activism, this paper takes a new direction by considering what spaces, practices and emotional stances are necessary to sustain individual and collective resistance in the long-term. We argue that we need to sustain activism through emotional reflexivity, building sustaining spaces to create space for emotion in activism. Using empirical examples from different forms of autonomous (anti-capitalist) activism in Britain, the role and importance of emotions to the sustainability of activism is explored. In particular, we consider the role of different spaces in sustaining activists through the cycles of protest, what spaces of activism can be opened up by a closer attention to emotions, and how the spaces in which protest and other activist practices take place shape the emotional and affective engagements of participants. As autonomous forms of activism attempt to prefiguratively enact new post-capitalist social relations in the here and now, we suggest there is still some way to go in changing affective relationships within many of these groups.
Library categoriesAnarchism & Action, Direct Action & Protest, Politics, Simplicity
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