Political Embeddedness and the Management of Emotions

Publication written by 2009 DPDF State Violence Fellow Daniel Blocq, Bert Klandermans, and Jacquelien van Stekelenburg:

This article explores how variation in political embeddedness of social movement organizations (SMOs) influences the management of emotions. By variation in the political embeddedness of SMOs, we mean variation in the strength and the number of ties between SMOs and the political establishment. By management of emotions, we mean the efforts of SMO leaders to evoke particular emotions among SMO members. Using data from protest surveys conducted at demonstrations regarding climate change in Belgium and the Netherlands in 2009, we find that protestors who are members of more politically embedded SMOs are generally less angry than protestors who are members of less politically embedded SMOs. The finding that this pattern is especially strong among SMO members who heard about the demonstration through an SMO confirms the assumed role of SMO leaders in the management of emotions.

Title
Political Embeddedness and the Management of Emotions
Author
Blocq, Daniel
Published
California State University / San Diego State University, September 2012
On the web
Citation
Blocq, Daniel, "Political Embeddedness and the Management of Emotions," in Mobilization: An International Journal, ed. (San Diego: California State University / San Diego State University, September 2012), http://www.mobilization.sdsu.edu/articleabstracts/173BlocqKlandermansvanStekelenburg.html, 17, 3, 489-506.