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Emotion work in animal rights activism: A moral-sociological perspective
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2179-4981
Mälardalen University.
2013 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 56, no 1, 55-68 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social movement activism requires emotional motivation and entails emotional costs, and, because of this, activists tend to be deeply involved in the management of emotions – or emotion work – and not just in connection with protest events, but also on an everyday basis. Based on a case study of animal rights activism in Sweden, this article identifies five types of emotion work that animal rights activists typically perform: containing, ventilation, ritualization, micro-shocking and normalization of guilt. The emotion work performed by activists, it is argued, is best understood from a moral-sociological perspective building on Durkheim’s sociology of morality, based on which the article then outlines key elements of a comprehensive theoretical framework for the study of emotion work in social movements.

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2013. Vol. 56, no 1, 55-68 p.
Keyword [en]
activism, animal rights, Durkheim, emotion work, morality, social movements
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Sociology
Research subject
Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18639DOI: 10.1177/0001699312466180ISI: 000315222100004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84874301116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-18639DiVA: diva2:610655
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2007-8782
Available from: 2013-03-12 Created: 2013-03-12 Last updated: 2016-10-06Bibliographically approved

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