Emotions in Aotearoa New Zealand: Reflexive emotionalisation in a colonised context

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Abstract

Reflexive emotionalisation means increased thinking about and acting on emotional experiences in response to major changes to social life, such as those accompanying colonisation. This article explains and develops this novel concept, assessing its usefulness through an exploratory assessment of reflexive emotionalisation in the formation of Aotearoa New Zealand as a colonised settler state. It is argued that as cultures met and sought to coexist, emotions were vital. Focusing on reflexive emotionalisation in Aotearoa reveals how differences in feeling rules were navigated, sometimes in violent ways, as power shifted towards the colonisers. Feelings of belonging are important in that ongoing process of reflexive emotionalisation, the elucidation of which provides a new understanding of social change and settler state formation that avoids casting colonised peoples as passive objects of ‘progress’ brought by colonisers.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Sociology
Early online date17 May 2021
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 May 2021

Keywords

  • colonisation
  • emotions
  • emotional reflexivity
  • reflexive
  • emotionalisation

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