Emotional Transition in Social Movements. The PAH Case

Ferran Giménez Azagra

Resum

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)

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INTERVIEW CODES ADN DISCUSSION GROUP

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).

Interviews:

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

associations.

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).

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