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Type: Journal article
Title: The politics of affective citizenship: from Blair to Obama
Author: Johnson, C.
Citation: Citizenship Studies, 2010; 14(5):495-509
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1362-1025
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Carol Johnson
Abstract: Politicians have long mobilised emotion in order to gain voters' support. However, this article argues that the politics of affect is also implicated in how citizens' identities, rights and entitlements are constructed. Examples are drawn from the positions of UK, US, Canadian and Australian politicians, including Tony Blair, David Cameron, Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama. Emotions analysed include love, fear, anxiety, empathy and hope. The article argues for the importance of a concept of 'affective citizenship' which explores (a) which intimate emotional relationships between citizens are endorsed and recognised by governments in personal life and (b) how citizens are also encouraged to feel about others and themselves in broader, more public domains. It focuses on issues of sexuality, gender, race and religion, and argues that the politics of affect has major implications for determining who has full citizenship rights. The Global Financial Crisis has also seen the development of an 'emotional regime' in which issues of economic security are increasingly influencing constructions of citizenship.
Keywords: citizenship; politics; affect; sexuality/sexual orientation; race; identity
Rights: © 2010 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020101191
DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2010.506702
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