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Emotions in Politics

The Affect Dimension in Political Tension

  • Nicolas Demertzis

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Political Psychology series book series (PSPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Bettina Davou, Nicolas Demertzis
    Pages 93-123
  3. Jack Barbalet, Nicolas Demertzis
    Pages 167-185
  4. Dunya van Troost, Jacquelien van Stekelenburg, Bert Klandermans
    Pages 186-203
  5. Wendy Pearlman
    Pages 228-242
  6. Jonathan Heaney
    Pages 243-263
  7. Nicolas Demertzis
    Pages 264-269
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 270-322

About this book


Prompted by the 'affective turn' within the entire spectrum of the social sciences, this books brings together the twin disciplines of political psychology and the political sociology of emotions to explore the complex relationship between politics and emotion at both the mass and individual level with special focus on cases of political tension.

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicolas Demertzis
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Communication and Media StudiesNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensGreece

About the editors

Jack Barbalet, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong Tereza Capelos, University of Surrey, UK Bettina Davou, University of Athens, Greece Nicolas Demertzis, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece Jonathan G. Heaney, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland Bert Klandermans, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands George Marcus, Williams College, USA Wendy Pearlman, Northwestern University, USA Barry Richard, Bournemouth University, UK Steven Saxonberg, Masaryk University, Czech Republic Thomas Scheff is, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA Dennis Smith, Loughborough University, UK Jacquelien van Stekelenburg is, VU-University Amsterdam, The Netherlands Dunya van Troost, VU-University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bibliographic information


This collection represents the state of the art with regard to the

sociology of emotions. The essays, by leading scholars in the social sciences, clearly demonstrate the fundamental importance of affect in the study of political action and institutional behaviour. I know of no better introduction to this growing field. Its publication could not come at a better time.

Ron Eyerman, Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University, USA

Emotion in Politics manages in a very successful manner to bring together theoretical issues in the political sociology and psychology of emotions and empirically oriented studies on a variety of recent political developments. This combination clarifies theoretical debates on the micro-macro distinction, the reason-passion or interest-emotion distinction, the shortcomings of the rational choice approach etc. At the same time it shows the importance of taking seriously into account the emotive dimension in dealing with topics ranging from the Arab Spring and the Greek socioeconomic crisis to the analysis of protest movements and the xenophobic practices in several EU countries. On both the theoretical and empirical level the book contributes in an important way to the rapidly growing literature on the emotion-politics nexus.

Nicos Mouzelis, European Institute, London school of Economics, UK