Speaking from the Heart: Emotion Discourse Analysis in International Relations

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


How can emotions be studied in discourse? Constructivist and poststructuralist approaches in International Relations often emphasize the importance of language in the construction of reality, identity, and power relations. It is argued here that the inclusion of emotions as an additional category of analysis for intersubjectivity expands the scope of meanings that emerge from discourse analysis. Integrating research on emotions within discourse analysis, this chapter develops a methodological framework for studying emotions in discourses based on three steps: (1) selecting appropriate texts, (2) mapping the verbal expression of emotions, and (3) interpreting and contextualizing their political implications. The methodological framework is empirically illustrated using the conflict between NATO and Russia over the annexation of the Crimean peninsula.



Research for this chapter has been generously funded by the German Research Council (DFG) as part of the research project Constructivist Emotion Research (Grant number: KO-4078/3-1).


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  • Simon Koschut
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  1. 1.Free University BerlinBerlinGermany

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