La Démocratie des émotions
With Laure Brayer, Stéphanie Dechézelles, Benoît Feildel, Célia Gissinger-Bosse, Jérôme Le Jéloux, Héloïse Nez, Anthony Pecqueux, Matilde Spoerer, Stéphanie Tawa Lama-Rewal, Julien Weisbein
The Democracy of emotions
In India, the Jan Sunwai (public hearing) organises the settling of grievances between public servants and the victims of the administration, in front of an audience that may laugh and applaud or boo and hiss. In Grenoble and Charleroi, the Parlons-en (Let's Talk About It) organisation encourages the homeless to discuss their difficulties with their fellow citizens. In Chili, the Mesa de Consenso (Consensus Table) provides indigenous peoples who have been robbed of their land, the opportunity to pour their hearts out to government officials. The practices of representative democracy that are being developed around the world, in order to involve citizens in decision making, are privileged sites for the expression of emotions.
It is strange however, that political science considers this subject secondary and has not investigated it more. To begin to address this gap in the litterature, the authors have decided to focus on the essential role of emotion in neighbourhood committees, citizen dialogues and jury trials, as well as in the constant interactions between affect and reason. The empirical cases presented in this book demonstrate how – whether prescribed or proscribed depending on the desired political effect – emotions are highly standardised in these new spheres of democracy. This is most likely due to the fact that these environments owe more to the intentions of experts in participatory engineering, than to spontaneous affective developments.
Institut d'Études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence
Christophe Traïni is a professor of political science at the Institut d'études politiques d’Aix-en-Provence.
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