This panel invites contributors to challenge traditional associations of emotions with the realms of privacy and intimacy, addressing issues concerning the roles emotions may play in public realms of life, particularly those of work places, social and cultural movements and political agendas.
Emotions constitute an aspect of individual lives traditionally associated in modern Western societies with psychological experience and universal attributes. These common-sense associations have contributed to a number of characteristics social sciences have hitherto often presented in their efforts to address emotion as an object of research. Among these, one could point out its recurrent association with the realms of privacy and intimacy, which have been inviting social scientists to think about emotion in relation to other aspects of human lives also associated with psychological and corporeal experiences, such as health/illness, gender and body issues. In the last two decades, attempts have been made to elaborate theoretical models that are able to deal with public aspects of emotion, focusing on its micro-political capacities, that is, its potential to reinforce, alter or dramatize the macro-relations of power and hierarchy in which interpersonal relations are embedded. This panel invites contributors to think about the roles the emergence, suppression or display of emotions play in public realms of life, particularly those of work relations, social and cultural movements and political issues. There are four major lines of inquiry that this panel intends to contemplate: a - theoretical models in the research of micro-politics of emotions; b - emotions and violence; c - emotions and cultural/social movements; and d - the rationality/emotionality duality in work places.