Edited by Steven C. Roach
Chapter 5: A critical perspective on emotions in international relations
This chapter discusses emotions in the discipline of international relations (IR) from a critical perspective, meaning that emotions are theorized as contextual, relational, and shifting. Despite the strong forces of the rational actor paradigm in the academic climate, the last decade has seen an explosion of what may be called critical emotion research. While critical emotion research encompasses a broad and complex range of approaches and topics of inquiry, it shares three core assumptions: that emotions and reason are not distinct, but are intertwined in all decision-making processes; that emotions, rather than being limited to individual and private experiences, are socially constructed and experienced, particularly through language; and that every culture inculcates rules and structures of feeling that serve to produce and reproduce dominant cultural values and norms.
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