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Emotions, Media and Politics. Edition No. 1. Contemporary Political Communication

  • ID: 5224487
  • Book
  • November 2018
  • 248 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Emotions have long been neglected in media research, although their role is a vital ingredient in shaping our shared stories and the ways we engage with them. But emotions, as they circulate through the media, can also be divisive and exclusionary.

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen makes the case for researching the role of emotions in mediated politics. Drawing on a series of studies, she explores the complex relationship between emotions, politics and media. The book includes analyses of how Facebook structures emotional reactions; the anger of Donald Trump; the use of personal storytelling in feminist Twitter hashtags; the role of emotionality in award-winning journalism; and the communities created by political fandoms.

Essential reading for scholars and students, this important volume opens up new ways of thinking about and researching emotions, media and politics.

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Introduction: Understanding Emotions in Mediated Public Life 

1 Taking Emotion Seriously: A Brief History of Thought 

2 Emotions are Everywhere: The Strategic Ritual of Emotionality in Journalism 

3 Authenticity, Compassion and Personalized Storytelling 

4 Towards a Typology of Mediated Anger 

5 Shifting Emotional Regimes: Donald Trump’s Angry Populism 

6 The Politics of Love: Political Fandom and Social Change 

7 The Emotional Architecture of Social Media 

Conclusion: Nine Propositions about Emotions, Media and Politics 




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Karin Wahl-Jorgensen
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