Exploring the Emotional Dimension of Collective Action

Zafar, Madina (2022) Exploring the Emotional Dimension of Collective Action. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Sociological research in recent years has focused on emotional dynamics in all social movement processes. Drawing on the literature on social movements and emotions, this study attempts to understand the role of emotions in collective action by analyzing a case of a union-led movement against pay, gender and ethnic pay gap, workload and casualization, and the pension dispute in the higher education sector of the UK. This study examines emotions by constructing an emotion map and addresses the formation of emotional processes such as collective identity and political solidarity. This qualitative study consists of data collected from 11 semi-structured interviews, additional websites, and media sources. The results show that the emotional process of collective identity was built through a common vision of defending a certain model of higher education and preventing the marketization of higher education in the UK. Furthermore, important emotional processes were identified which included sharing emotions of togetherness, joy, respect, and the creation of emotional bonds. This study contributes to the existing literature on social movements by identifying affectual components in individuals’ backgrounds and history that play a crucial role in an individual’s reason to participate in collective action.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: Collective identity, political solidarity, emotions, collective action, strike action
Depositing User: ZAFAR, MADINA
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2023 13:56
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2023 13:56
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/71739

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