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This e-book is an unique software of rhetoric and moral-emotions conception to the sociology of social hobbies. It promotes a brand new interdisciplinary imaginative and prescient of what social pursuits are, why they exist, and the way they reach achieving momentum through the years. Deepening the affective size of cultural sociology, this paintings attracts upon the social psychology of human emotion and interpersonal verbal exchange. particularly, the e-book revolves round the subject of anger as a distinct ethical emotion that may be made to play the most important motivational and generative features in protest. The chapters advance a brand new conception of the emotional strength of protest rhetoric, together with how abolitionist performances of heterodoxic racial and gender prestige imaginaries contributed to the escalation of the ‘sectional clash’ over American slavery.
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Newspaper accounts of their speeches that include applause lines and hissing read like an instruction manual in eloquence. Through a close affective-hermeneutical reading, the performative and emotional dynamics of charisma can be uncovered (for methodological details, see Appendix). Much audience emotional intensity, I have found, was generated by their dramaturgical experimentations with perceived status, including upon the dominant racial and gender status imaginaries of their social context.
Maintaining momentum in a campaign of protest depends upon successfully transforming feelings of loss and shame into more potent solidarity-based emotions. Likewise, Phillips provoked ‘indignant hearts’ on behalf of Sims through various appeals to righteous anger. When feelings of anger are attached to some specific offending object—slave bounty-hunting, the arrest of Sims, arming the courthouse—anger evolves into moral indignation (according to Hochschild 1983:236). Framing Sims as a martyr–victim of the Slave Power, Phillips promoted altruistic anger on his behalf.
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