Emotional Transition in Social Movements. The PAH Case

Ferran Giménez Azagra


We find that some fractured societies, in grappling with Neo-Liberalism as a political project, embark on an emotional transition to win hearts and minds for new, fairer policies to tackle inequalities.Thus, there are ’affective spaces’ facilitating this emotional transition, thereby allowing the building of collective action. For these spaces to work well, they must be configured as chains of interaction
rituals, which use emotional transformation to drive social change.
This paper is based on a documental analysis and an ethnographic study carried out between 2013 and 2018 in several assemblies of and actions taken by the PAH (a platform for those affected by home foreclosure) in several Catalan municipalities. It was conducted by participatory observation, focus groups and in-depth interviews with activists.

Paraules clau

ritual of interaction, collective action, emotions, emotional transition

Text complet:

89-100 (English)


Berezin, M. (2001). Emotions and political identity: mobilizing affection for the polity. In J. Goodwin, J. M.

Jasper and F. Poletta (eds.), Passionate Politics (pp. 83-98). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Boiger, M. and Mesquita, B. (2012). The construction of emotions in interactions, relationships and cultures.

Journal Emotion Review, 4(3), 222-229.

Charmaz, K. (2006). Constructing grounded theory. London: Sage.

Collins, R. (2009). Cadenas de rituales de interacción. Barcelona: Anthropos.

Conde, F. (2009). Análisis sociológico del sistema de discursos. Madrid: CIS.

Dubet, F. (2010). Sociología de la experiencia. Madrid: CIS.

Enciso, G. and Lara, A. (2014). Emociones y ciencias sociales en el siglo xx: la precuela del giro afectivo.

Athenea Digital, 14(1), 263-288.

Flesher Fominaya, C. (2010). Creating cohesion from diversity: the challenge of collective identity formation

inthe global justice movement. Sociological Inquiry, 80, 377-404.

Glaser, B. and Strauss, A. (1967). The discovery of grounded theory. Chicago: Aldine Press.

Giménez, F. (2017). Movimientos sociales y construcción de subjetividades. Los casos de la PAH y de la CUP, tesis

doctoral, Universidad del País Vasco.

Giménez, F. (2018). Desinstitucionalización de lo social y constitución del sujeto. El camino hacia la

emancipación colectiva. En S. Martí, R. González, R. Gomà y P. Ibarra (eds.), Movimientos sociales y derecho

a la ciudad. Creadoras de democracia radical (pp. 261-274). Barcelona: Icària.

Goodwin, J., Jasper, J. M. and Poletta, F. (2004). Emotional dimensions of social movements. En D. A. Snow, S.

A. Soule y H. Kriesi (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements (pp. 413-432). Malden: Blackwell.

Gould, D. B. (2001). Rock the boat, don’t rock the boat, baby: ambivalence and the emergence of militant

AIDS activism. En J. Goodwin, J. M. Jasper y F. Poletta (eds.), Passionate Politics (pp. 135-157). Chicago:

University of Chicago Press.

Gould, D. B. (2003). Passionate political processes: bringing emotions back into the study of s o c i a l

movements. En J. Goodwin y J. M. Jasper (eds.), Rethinking Social Movements (pp. 282-302). Lanham:

Rowman & Littlefield.

Gould, D. B. (2009). Moving Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago.

Guillemette, F. (2006). L’approche de la Grounded Theory; pour innover? Recherches qualitatives, 26(1), 32-50.

Hochschild, A. R. (1983). The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling. Berkeley: University of

California Press.

Honneth, A. (1995). The Struggle for Recognition. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Jasper, J. M. (1997). The Art of Moral Protest: Culture, Biography, and Creativity in Social Movements. Chicago:

University of Chicago Press.

Jasper, J. M. (1998). The emotions of protest: affective and reactive emotions in and around social movements.

Sociological Forum, 13, 397-424.

Jasper, J. M. (2006a). Emotion and motivation. En Goodin, R. and Tilly, C. (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Contextual

Political Studies (pp. 157-171). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Jasper, J. M. (2006b). Getting Your Way. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Jasper, J. M. (2012). Las emociones y los movimientos sociales: veinte años de teoría e investigación. Revista

Latinoamericana de Estudios sobre Cuerpos, Emociones y Sociedad, 10, 48-68.

Kemper, T. (1981). Social Constructionist and Positivist Approaches to the Sociology of Emotions. American

Journal of Sociology, 87(2), 336-362.

Lazzarato, M. (2006). Políticas del acontecimiento. Buenos Aires: Tinta Limón.

Leventhal, H. and Tomarken, A. J. (1986). Emotion: today’s problems. Annual Review of Psychology, 37, 565-610.

McCarthy, E. D. (1994). The Social Construction of Emotion, new direction for culture theory. Journal Social

Perspectives of Emotions, 2, 267-279.

Miles, M. and Huberman, M. (1984). Qualitative data analysis. A sourcebook of new methods. London: Sage Publications.

Nussbaum, M. C. (2001). Upheavals of Thought. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Polletta, F. and Jasper, J. M. (2001). Collective identity and social movements. Annual Review of Psychology,

, 283-305.

Ricceri, M. (2011). Europe and social precarity - Proactive elements for system interventions. En A. P. Hermann

and S. Kalaycioglu (eds.), Precarity. More than a Challenge of Social Security. Or: Cynicism of EU’s Concept of

Economic Freedom. Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag.

Scheff, T. J. (1994). Bloody Revenge: Emotions, Nationalism, and War. Boulder: Westview.

Schierup, C. U. and Bak Jørgensen M. (eds.) (2016). Politics of Precarity: Migrant conditions, struggles and

experiences. Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.

Tejerina, B. (2010). La sociedad imaginada. Movimientos sociales y cambio cultural en España. Madrid: Trotta.

Traïni, C. (ed.) (2009). Emotions... Mobilisation! Paris: Sciences Po.

Wood, E. J. (2003). Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador. New York: Cambridge University Press.


Discussion Group 1:

GD1D1: Woman, mortgage victim and activist*, 50-55 years old, without a previous experience of activism,

promotor of PAH Baix Montseny (Barcelona).


PAH1: Woman, mortgage victim and activist, 35-40 years old, member of the local PAH assembly in Sant Celoni

(Barcelona Province), without previous experience of activism.

PAH2: Woman, mortgage victim and activist, 35-40 years old, promotor of the local PAH assembly in Badalona,

previous membership of PSUC (Partit Socialista Unificat de Catalunya [Catalan Socialist Party) and neighbourhood


PAH3: Woman, activist (without mortgage problems), 45-50 years old, promoter of the local PAH assembly in

Badalona, previous membership of PSUC and ICV (Iniciativa per Catalunya-Verds).

PAH4: Woman, activist (without mortgage problems), 55-60 years old, promotor of the PAH Gironès assembly

(Girona), previous membership of CCOO (Comissions Obreres, a major Trade Union).

PAH5: Woman, mortgage victim and activist, 55-60 years old, member of the PAH Gironès assembly, without

previous experience of activism.

PAH6: Woman, mortgage victim and activist, 50-55 years old, without previous experience of activism, member

of PAH Baix Montseny (Barcelona).

Enllaços refback

  • No hi ha cap enllaç refback.