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Affect and Emotion.

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

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Psychoanalytic theory can shed light on the seemingly irrational feelings or ‘affects’ that are rooted in the unconscious and which are stirred up in relation to political processes and events. Global socio-economic crises together with the mediatisation of party politics and its links to a celebrity-orientated promotional culture, have all contributed to the emotionalisation of contemporary politics. Its affective dynamics can be found in the populist content and style of the recent UK Brexit referendum, or 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 have been used to court the electorate.

Item Type:Book Section
Number of Pages:464
Uncontrolled Keywords:Affect, Emotion, Feeling, Leadership, Attachment, Promotional Politics, Freud, Klein, Lacan, Winnicott
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30770
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:03 Sep 2019 11:54
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:11


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