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The ambivalent political work of emotions in the defence of territory, life and the commons

González Hidalgo, Marien (2021). The ambivalent political work of emotions in the defence of territory, life and the commons. Environment and planning E: nature and space. 4 :4 , 1291-1312
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The increasing focus that political ecologists are putting in the role of emotions and affect in environmental conflict, commoning and mobilisation is enriching mainstream analyses that tended to mask the everyday emotional engagements of environmental movements, collectives and communities associated to being exposed to conflict as well as being active in it. By directing attention to two different ways in which grassroots movements and communities in Chile and Mexico facilitate emotional expression in the context of the conflicts in which they are embedded in, I discuss what different roles emotion plays in the defence of the commons, and what political opportunities these different roles imply for movements and collectives. I found a persistent and unresolved tension between the role of emotions as channels for the subversion of hegemonic power, and their role in reproducing hegemonic power dynamics. I suggest that this reveals 'the emotional' as a space of power and conflict, and that acknowledging the ambivalent political work of emotions offers opportunities for both researchers and movements to better understand and transform the power inequalities associated to the defence and practice of being-in-common while being exposed to conflict and dispossession.

Authors/Creators:González Hidalgo, Marien
Title:The ambivalent political work of emotions in the defence of territory, life and the commons
Series Name/Journal:Environment and planning E: nature and space
Year of publishing :2021
Page range:1291-1312
Number of Pages:22
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 509 Other Social Sciences > Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Peace and Conflict Research and Studies on Sustainable Society)
Keywords:emotion, affect, commons, conflict, social-environmental grassroots
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Web of Science (WoS)000755988400006
ID Code:27327
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
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Deposited On:17 Mar 2022 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:17 Mar 2022 10:31

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