Emotions of protest



Publication Details

Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2020). Emotions of protest. In K. Barclay, S. Crozier-De Rosa & P. N. Stearns (Eds.), Sources for the History of Emotions A Guide (pp. 198-211). United Kingdom: Routledge.


Emotions have motivated, maintained, and even brought about the decline of protest movements. Organisers and protesters have harnessed the energy of a range of feelings, from anger and indignation to joyous defiance. They have done this to bind members together, interface with the opposition and elicit sympathy from the general public. This chapter will outline the vital role that emotions have played in historic protest movements. It will examine the growing and changing media through which protest movements have expressed emotions including, for example, print culture, political ephemera, public demonstrations and social media. It will introduce a range of historiographical issues scholars might encounter when reconstructing a history of political emotions using an ever-growing and diverse body of sources.

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