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Rationality, responsibility and rage: the contested politics of emotion governance

Newman, Janet (2017). Rationality, responsibility and rage: the contested politics of emotion governance. In: Jupp, Eleanor; Pykett, Jessica and Smith, Fiona eds. Emotional States: Sites and Spaces of Affective Governance. London: Routledge, pp. 21–36.

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This chapter points to the growing significance of ‘emotion governance’ while challenging the notion that this represents a straightforward shift in regimes and strategies of power. Neoliberalism, I argue, rests on the elicitation of ‘rage’ (against welfare, bureaucracy and ‘irresponsible’ citizenship). but it also draws on emotional values – of community, care and solidarity- drawn from feminist perspectives. This paradox is played out in the fields of social practice and the ‘affective performances’ of state workers.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Author
ISBN: 1-4724-5405-7, 978-1-4724-5405-8
Keywords: neoliberalism; emotion; feminism; rage; rationality; governance; affect
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 47868
Depositing User: Janet Newman
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 16:35
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:54
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