The Development of an Affective Disposition Towards Immigration in
Donald Trump's Speeches
The empirical information comes from an extensive database gathered in the frame of mayor research. Taking as a starting point the assumption that emotions are a central part of the judgments we make, we point out the exaltation of hatred, distrust fear and resentment as affective collective dispositions towards international immigration, which is in a great scale merely Mexican. From the point of view of the Sociology of emotions such states constitute convergent affective and synchronous answers of collective nature (von Scheve e Ismer, 2012), that on the one hand, stigmatize the foreigners (aliens) as enemies, and on the other, promote cohesion among those who feel aggravated.
From the preliminary analysis of the data, three recurrent argumentative strategies used in the development of the above mentioned hostile disposition, emerge: 1) the stereotyped construction of the referent (the “other”, the immigrant), 2) the use of metaphors in order to re-direct and to intensify the perception of risk; 3) the exemplary narratives that anticipate and apocalyptic ending.
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