Emotions and Social Movements

The study of emotions in social movements and collective action has been a growing field for about two decades. It gained new momentum after 2011, with the global protest wave of the “Arab Spring” and Occupy Wall Street and the explosion of social media use in these protests. This entry begins with a general discussion of the social character of emotions and their manifestations in social movements. It then traces the historical background for the rise of sociology of social movement emotions. Finally, it reviews important works that appeared before and after the “Arab Spring” and Occupy Wall Street movements and highlights new trends of research since 2011.


About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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