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

Amanda R Beattie, Naomi Head, Clara Eroukmanhoff

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-147
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of International Political Theory
Issue number2
Early online date21 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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  • Embodiment
  • emotions
  • everyday politics
  • levels of analysis
  • micro-politics
  • power


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