Researching Emotions in International Relations

Methodological Perspectives on the Emotional Turn

  • Maéva Clément
  • Eric Sangar

Part of the Palgrave Studies in International Relations book series (PSIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Influence of Emotions on Actors and Politics

  3. Emotions Shaped by Powerful Actors and Institutions

  4. Discursive Agency and Emotions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 343-353

About this book


This edited volume is the first to discuss the methodological implications of the ‘emotional turn’ in International Relations. While emotions have become of increasing interest to IR theory, methodological challenges have yet to receive proper attention. Acknowledging the plurality
of ontological positions, concepts and theories about the role of emotions in world politics, this volume presents and discusses various ways to research emotions empirically. Based on concrete research projects, the chapters demonstrate how social-scientific and humanitiesoriented methodological approaches can be successfully adapted to the study of emotions in IR. The volume covers a diverse set of both well-established and innovative methods, including discourse analysis, ethnography, narrative, and visual analysis. Through a hands-on approach, each chapter sheds light on practical challenges and opportunities, as well as lessons learnt for future research. The volume is an invaluable resource for advanced graduate and postgraduate students as well as scholars interested in developing their own empirical research on the role of emotions.


Emotions Emotions in IR Methodological Perspectives Emotional Turn Powerful Actors Institutions Auto-Ethnography Imperial War Museum “Western” Strategic Gaze Transnational Ressentiments Eugene Gendlin Winston S. Churchill Franklin D. Roosevelt

Editors and affiliations

  • Maéva Clément
    • 1
  • Eric Sangar
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of International PoliticsHelmut Schmidt UniversityHamburgGermany
  2. 2.FNRS / University of NamurNamurBelgium

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