A Plea for a Discursive Approach to Emotions: The Example of the French Airmen’s Relation to Violence

Catégorie : Chapitre d'ouvrage

Auteur(s) : Mathias Delori

Éditeur : Palgrave Macmillan

pp. 123-159

Année de publication : 2018

Résumé :

Emotions are often said to be a hard case for empirical analysis because of their ‘intimate’ nature. This chapter argues that this perspective stems from a misleading view of the real nature of emotions. As Butler recently put it, emotions are inseparable from the social ‘frames’ which constitute them. Hence, it is possible to bypass the epistemological problem of the study of emotions by studying these frames. I make this point by elaborating on an inquiry into the ‘frames’ which mediate French airmen’s emotional relation to violence. I analyse their emotional approach to violence in three steps: (1) data collection, (2) an analysis of the language they use when talking about their victims, and (3) an investigation of the routinized procedures which precede their lethal actions.

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