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Globalized fear ? towards an emotional geopolitics.

Pain, R. (2009) 'Globalized fear ? towards an emotional geopolitics.', Progress in human geography., 33 (4). pp. 466-486.


This paper questions the recent recasting of fear within critical geopolitics. It identifies a widespread metanarrative, `globalized fear', analysis of which lacks grounding and is remote, disembodied and curiously unemotional. A hierarchical scaling of emotions, politics and place overlooks agency, resistance and action. Drawing on feminist scholarship, I call for an emotional geopolitics of fear which connects political processes and everyday emotional topographies in a less hierarchical, more enabling relationship. I employ conscientization as a tool to inform the reconceptualization of global fears within critical geopolitics, and to move forward epistemological practice and our relationship as scholars with social change.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Conscientization, Emotion, Fear, Feminism, Geopolitics.
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Record Created:28 May 2010 09:50
Last Modified:03 Aug 2010 15:22

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