Soc172 Notes - Soc172 Tuesday November 3 2009...

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Soc172- Tuesday November 3, 2009 EMOTION -emotional turn in social movements- Polletta/Goodwin (The Return of the Repressed) 1. emotions were seen negatively EARLIER by social movement theorists 2. later theorists: OSTRACIZED from theories. Excluded emotion because they wanted their arguements and theories to be plausible and logical. BECAUSE emotions were seen as irrational 3. NOW: emotions are coming back - evacuation of emotion from literature lead scholars to leave out a key element to social movements (polletta/goodwin) -Theorists repressed emotion in theory because it was too awful to think about examples: a. political opportunities, b. emotional opportunity structures = collective behaviors, emotional stimulators and incentives. c. framing: purposefully mobilizing structures. Strategic framing that incorporates emotion. Does it resonate with you? Does it charge you up? HAS TO SPUR YOU TO FEEL IN CERTAIN WAYS. d. unconscious motivations through emotion: e. strategy: emotion used in framing. Rousing emotions. Example: AIDS movement. Not enough being done- thousands of people dying- TURNING GRIEF INTO RAGE! f. emotional attraction: feel things you normally don’t get to feel. Be apart of the change. Feel your own agency and dignity! - storytelling: highly resonate. its not about strategy but people describing how they felt and they was more influential. Needs to be narrativized- makes connections. The strain isn’t big enough there needs to be a collective crystallization of emotions. Emotion to mobilize- SPONTAITY! MOVED! IMPARATIVE TO ACT! Article: Christian Right: Feeling states are motivators. Already exisiting shame that made people ripe for the Christian leaders to come in. EMOTION JOINS WITH OTHER FACTORS TO MAKE THEM MEANING! -turning of emotion doesn’t say only look at emotion but articulate through these other means.
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-cognitive thoughts are emotion because you only make thoughts if you CARE enough. Example: the sky is blue- only recognize that if you care enough. Polletta/Goodwin/Jasper: Critiques on their Article - complexity of studying emotion. METHODS to study emotion - isn’t emotion psychology not sociology? -pg 78: emotions mediate between social and outside world. But not reducable to either. Emotion is not individual- always interacting. Don’t stay in and don’t start in you either! -EMOTIONS OCCUR IN SOCIAL INTERACTIONS (Yang Article) -deeply social phenomenon. -always outside of yourself. -Emotions mediate between individual and social world without being reducable to either. Arent only occurring at the individual level! SOCIAL LEVEL TOO! Lose something if you only see them as always and only social. How to Study Emotion: - Not focusing solely on emotion- taking into account all variables and how emotion ties into that. (as discussed before) -What the participants feeling prior to the event and did that event effect the emotions there then after?
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