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Researching Emotions in International Relations

Methodological Perspectives on the Emotional Turn

  • Maéva Clément
  • Eric Sangar
  • Tackles the issue of methods in the scholarship on emotions in IR

  • Offers practical 'hands-on' approach behind experienced scholars methodological choices

  • Presents contributions from a wide variety of perspectives and provides methodological inspiration for a diverse range of questions and topics


Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations book series (PSIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Influence of Emotions on Actors and Politics

  3. Emotions Shaped by Powerful Actors and Institutions

  4. Discursive Agency and Emotions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 343-353

About this book


This edited volume is the first to discuss the methodological implications of the ‘emotional turn’ in International Relations. While emotions have become of increasing interest to IR theory, methodological challenges have yet to receive proper attention. Acknowledging the plurality
of ontological positions, concepts and theories about the role of emotions in world politics, this volume presents and discusses various ways to research emotions empirically. Based on concrete research projects, the chapters demonstrate how social-scientific and humanitiesoriented methodological approaches can be successfully adapted to the study of emotions in IR. The volume covers a diverse set of both well-established and innovative methods, including discourse analysis, ethnography, narrative, and visual analysis. Through a hands-on approach, each chapter sheds light on practical challenges and opportunities, as well as lessons learnt for future research. The volume is an invaluable resource for advanced graduate and postgraduate students as well as scholars interested in developing their own empirical research on the role of emotions.


Emotions Emotions in IR Methodological Perspectives Emotional Turn Powerful Actors Institutions Auto-Ethnography Imperial War Museum “Western” Strategic Gaze Transnational Ressentiments Eugene Gendlin Winston S. Churchill Franklin D. Roosevelt

Editors and affiliations

  • Maéva Clément
    • 1
  • Eric Sangar
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of International PoliticsHelmut Schmidt UniversityHamburgGermany
  2. 2.FNRS / University of NamurNamurBelgium

About the editors

Maéva Clément is a Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at the Institute for International Politics at the Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg, Germany.

Eric Sangar is a FNRS Research Fellow based at the University of Namur, Belgium and an associated researcher at the Centre Emile Durkheim of Sciences Po Bordeaux, France.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Researching Emotions in International Relations
  • Book Subtitle Methodological Perspectives on the Emotional Turn
  • Editors Maéva Clément
    Eric Sangar
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in International Relations
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in International Relations
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-65574-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-88059-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-65575-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 353
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Theory
    Political Communication
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


“This edited volume is a welcome, accessible and instructive addition to the discipline that makes a valuable contribution and develops a much-needed discussion about emotions in IR. It will speak to people of diverse methodological dispositions, both students and scholars, and shines a light on how to capture, interrogate and interpret what are subjective, and yet integral, dimensions of human relations.” (Claire Yorke, International Affairs, Vol. 94 (3), May, 2018)