Resistances and Emotions in Repressive Contexts.

Saturday, 21 July 2018: 14:30-16:20
RC48 Social Movements, Collective Actions and Social Change (host committee)

Language: English and Spanish

This session aims to discuss how emotions trigged by violence and repression affect collective action and forms of resistance.

Women, black and indigenous people, local grassroots groups, workers, migrants and students, among others, are facing violence in their everyday political activities. Threats, including dead threats, assassinations, disappearances, harassments, including racial and sexual harassment, physical and psychological violence perpetrated by police officers, soldiers, criminal groups, and other actors, can have a strong emotional impact, which can influence activists’ life and their political practices and strategies.

In this session we would like to discuss the experience of people resisting violence and repression, focusing on the effects of emotions in their political activities and how do emotional strategies to face repression work.

In particular, we would like to discuss:

  • How people manage their fear of repression, powerlessness and strain in order to avoid burnout;
  • What activists feel towards those harass or repress them;
  • How do activists express or manage feelings toward their opponents and authorities;
  • How do activists manage (suppress, channel or evoke) their anger, indignation, outrage, and even hatred, in order not to suffer more repression.

In this session we will gather empirical and theoretical contributions focusing on the role of emotions in resistances that are developed in repressive contexts, encouraging a multidisciplinary approach to the debate. We therefore invite academics, researchers and students from all around the world to contribute to one of the topic discussed in this session.

Session Organizers:
Alice POMA, UNAM, Mexico and Tommaso GRAVANTE, CEIICH-UNAM, Mexico
Alice POMA, UNAM, Mexico and Tommaso GRAVANTE, CEIICH-UNAM, Mexico
Oral Presentations
Peasants and Attempts of Armed Resistance to the Military Dictatorship in Brazil
Fabricio TELO, Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro and Federal Fluminense University, Brazil
Social Support and Solidarity on Protests Repression in Brazil 2017
Vitor YANO, Federal University of Paraná, Brazil