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Affect and Emotion.

Yates, C., 2019. Affect and Emotion. In: Stavrakakis, Y., ed. Routledge Handbook of Psychoanalytic Political Theory. New York: Routledge, 162-173.

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DOI: 10.4324/9781315524771


Psychoanalytic theory can shed light on the emotions and affects that are rooted in the unconscious processes and that are stirred up in relation to political events. Global socioeconomic crises, together with the mediatization of party politics and its links to a celebrity-oriented promotional culture, have contributed to the emotionalization of contemporary politics. Its affective dynamics can be found in the populist content and style of the 2016 UK Brexit referendum and in the 2016 US presidential campaign. This chapter applies psychoanalytic understandings of affect to examples taken from those campaigns, where the emotive language of love, hate, and desire has been used to court the electorate.

Item Type:Book Section
Number of Pages:482
Uncontrolled Keywords:Affect, Emotion, Politics, Fantasy ; Psychoanalysis
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:32945
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:22 Oct 2019 10:26
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:18


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