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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Abstract

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.

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