Readings

WEEK # TOPICS READINGS
Section 1: General Features and Issues
1 Introduction and General Discussion; Old and New Conceptions of Emotions

Theories of Emotion.” Internet Enclyclopedia of Philosophy.

Aristotle. “Book II, Parts 1–13.” In Rhetoric. The Internet Classics Archive.

Machiavelli, Niccolò. “Concerning Cruelty and Clemency, and Whether it is Better to be Loved than Feared.” Chapter XVII in The Prince. Project Gutenberg.

———. “Concerning the Way in Which Princes Should Keep Faith.” Chapter XVIII in The Prince. Project Gutenberg.

———. “That One Should Avoid Being Despised and Hated.” Chapter XIX in The Prince. Project Gutenberg.

Lerner, Jennifer S., Ye Li, et al. “Emotion and Decision Making.” Annual Review of Psychology 66 (2015):799–823.

Ekman, Paul. “What Scientists Who Study Emotion Agree About.” (PDF) Perspectives on Psychological Science 11 (2016): 31–34.

Optional

Elster, Jon. “Emotions and Economic Theory.” Journal of Economic Literature 36 (1998): 47–74.

2 Emotion and Reason; Emotion and Cognition

Clore, Gerald L., and Karen Gasper. “Feeling is Believing: Some Affective Influences on Belief.” Chapter 2 in Emotions and Beliefs: How Feelings Influence Thoughts. Edited by Nico H. Frijda, Antony S.R. Manstead, and Sacha Bem. Cambridge University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780521771382. [Preview with Google Books]

Frijda, Nico H., and Batja Mesquita. “Beliefs through Emotions.” Chapter 3 in Emotions and Beliefs: How Feelings Influence Thoughts. Edited by Nico H. Frijda, Antony S.R. Manstead, and Sacha Bem. Cambridge University Press, 2000. ISBN: 9780521771382. [Preview with Google Books]

Elster, Jon. “Emotional Choice and Rational Choice.” Chapter 11 in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Emotion. Edited by Peter Goldie. Oxford University Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780199654376. 

Leith, Karen Pezza, and Roy F. Baumeister. “Why Do Bad Moods Increase Self-Defeating Behavior? Emotion, Risk Taking, and Self-Regulation.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 71, no. 6 (1996): 1250–67.

Damasio, Antonio. “Emotions and Feelings.” Chapter 7 in Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. Penguin Books, 2005. ISBN: 9780143036227. 

Section 2: Specific Emotions
3 Anger and Fear

Goldberg, Julie H., Jennifer S. Lerner, Philip E. Tetlock. “Rage and Reason: The Psychology of the Intuitive Prosecutor.” European Journal of Social Psychology 29, no. 5–6. (1999): 781–95.

Lerner, Jennifer S., and Larissa Z. Tiedens. “Portrait of The Angry Decision Maker: How Appraisal Tendencies Shape Anger’s Influence on Cognition.” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 19, no. 2 (2006): 115–37.

Rusting, Cheryl L., and Susan Nolen-Hoeksema. “Regulating Responses to Anger: Effects of Rumination and Distraction on Angry Mood.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 74, no. 3 (1998): 790–803.

Kassinove, Howard, Denis G. Sukhodolsky, et al. “Self-Reported Anger Episodes in Russia and America.” Journal of Social Behavior and Personality 12, no. 2 (1997): 301–24.

Thagard, Paul, and A. David Nussbaum. “Fear-Driven Inference: Mechanisms of Gut Overreaction.” In Model-Based Reasoning in Science and Technology. Edited by Lorenzo Magnani. Springer, 2013. ISBN: 9783642374272. [Preview with Google Books]

Petersen, Roger, and Evangelos Liaras. “Countering Fear in War: The Strategic Use of Emotion.” Journal of Military Ethics 5, no. 4 (2006): 317–33.

Lerner, Jennifer S., and Dacher Keltner. “Fear, Anger, and Risk.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 81 (2001): 146–59.

Lerner, Jennifer S., Roxana Gonzalez, Deborah A. Small, et al. “Effects of Fear and Anger on Perceived Risks of Terrorism: A National Field Experiment.” Psychological Science 14, no. 2 (2003): 144–50.

Gambetta, Diego. “Reason and Terror: Has 9/11 Made it Hard to Think Straight?Boston Review. April / May 2004.

4 Disgust / Contempt and Sadness / Happiness

Harris, Lasana T., and Susan T. Fiske. “Social Neuroscience Evidence for Dehumanized Perception.” European Review of Social Psychology 20 (2009): 192–231. 

Keltner, Dacher, Phoebe C. Ellsworth, and Kari Edwards “Beyond Simple Pessimism: Effects of Sadness and Anger on Social Perception.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 64, no. 5 (1993): 740–52.

Fischer, Agneta H., and Ira J. Roseman. “Beat Them or Ban Them: The Characteristics and Social Functions of Anger and Contempt.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 93 (2007): 103–15.

Hutcherson, Cendri A., and James J. Gross. “The Moral Emotions: A Social-Functionalist Account of Anger, Disgust, and Contempt.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 100, no. 4 (2011): 719–37.

Newhagen, John E. “TV News Images That Induce Anger, Fear, and Disgust: Effects on Approach-Avoidance and Memory.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 42, no. 2 (1998): 265–76.

White, Mark D. “The Problems with Measuring and Using Happiness for Policy Purposes.” Mercatus Center at George Mason University. December 2, 2014.

5 Indignation, Envy, Spite

Smith, Adam. “Of the Corruption of Our Moral Sentiments, Which is Occasioned by This Disposition to Admire the Rich and the Great, and to Despise or Neglect Persons of Poor and Mean Condition.” Part I, Section III, Chapter III in The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Digireads.com, 2018. ISBN: 9781420958454. 

Fiske, Susan T. “Envy Up, Scorn Down: How Comparison Divides Us.” American Psychologist 65, no. 8 (2010): 698–706.

Marcus, David K., Virgil Ziegler-Hill, et al. “The Psychology of Spite and the Measurement of Spitefulness.” Psychological Assessment 26, no. 2 (2014): 563–74.

Fehr, Ernst, Karla Hoff, and Mayuresh Kshetramade. “Spite and Development.” American Economic Review 98, no. 2 (2008): 494–99.

Optional

Sunstein, Cass R., and Daniel Kahneman. “Indignation: Psychology, Politics, Law.” Coase-Sandor Working Paper Series in Law and Economics, University of Chicago Law School. 2007.

Section 3: Emotions and Politics
6 Emotions and the Politics of Redistribution

McClendon, Gwyneth H. Envy in Politics. Princeton University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780691178653. [Preview with Google Books]

Hoggett, Paul, Hen Wilkinson, and Pheobe Beedell. “Fairness and the Politics of Resentment.” Journal of Social Policy 42, no. 3 (2013): 567–85.

7 Backlash

Petersen, Roger. “Introduction.” Chapter 1 in Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, and Resentment in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521007740. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “An Emotion-Based Approach to Ethnic Conflict.” Chapter 2 in Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, and Resentment in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521007740. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “Resentment.” Chapter 3 in Understanding Ethnic Violence: Fear, Hatred, and Resentment in Twentieth-Century Eastern Europe. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780521007740. 

Beauchamp, Zack. “White Riot.” Vox. January 20, 2017.

Aminzade, Ron, and Doug McAdam. “Emotions and Contentious Politics.” Chapter 2 in Silence and Voice in the Study of Contentious Politics. Edited by Ronald Aminzade, Jack A. Goldstone, Doug McAdam, et al. Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780521806794. [Preview with Google Books]

Cramer, Katherine J. “Making Sense of Politics through Resentment.” Chapter 1 in The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. University of Chicago Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780226349114. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “We Teach These Things to Each Other.” Chapter 8 in The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker. University of Chicago Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780226349114. 

8 Voting

Marcus, George E., and Michael B. MacKuen. “Anxiety, Enthusiasm, and the Vote: The Emotional Underpinnings of Learning and Involvement During Presidential Campaigns.” American Political Science Review 87, no. 3 (1993): 672–85.

Ladd, Jonathan McDonald, and Gabriel S. Lenz. “Reassessing the Role of Anxiety in Vote Choice.” Political Psychology 29, no.2 (2008): 275–96.

Brader, Ted. “Striking a Responsive Chord: How Political Ads Motivate and Persuade Voters by Appealing to Emotions.” American Journal of Political Science 49, no. 2 (2005): 388–405.

9 Emotions and Violence I: Ethnic and Nationalist Violence

Suny, Ronald Grigor.  “Why We Hate You: The Passions of National Identity and Ethnic Violence.” Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies, University of California, Berkeley. Spring 2004.

Kaufman, Stuart J. “The Symbolic Politics of Ethnic War.” Chapter 2 in Modern Hatreds: The Symbolic Politics of Ethnic War. Cornell University Press, 2001. ISBN: 9780801487361. [Preview with Google Books]

Petersen, Roger. “Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict.” Chapter 1 in Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict. Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780521281263. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “Emotions as Resources.” Chapter 2 in Western Intervention in the Balkans: The Strategic Use of Emotion in Conflict. Cambridge University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780521281263. [Preview with Google Books]

Costalli, Stefano, and Andrea Ruggeri. “Indignation, Ideologies, and Armed Mobilization: Civil War in Italy, 1943-45.” International Security 40, no. 2 (2015): 119–57.

Sargsyan, Irena L., and Andrew Bennett. “Discursive Emotional Appeals in Sustaining Violent Social Movements in Iraq, 2003–11.” Security Studies 25, no. 4 (2016): 608–45.

Optional

Costalli, Stefano, and Andrea Ruggeri. “Politics Symposium: Emotions, Ideologies and Violent Political Mobilization: Introduction.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 4 (2017): 923–27.

Nussio, Enzo. “Politics Symposium: How Ideology Channels Indeterminate Emotions into Armed Mobilization.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 4 (2017): 928–31.

Peterson, Roger. “Politics Symposium: Emotions as the Residue of Lived Experience.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 4 (2017): 932–35.

van Stekelenburg, Jacqueline. “Politics Symposium: Radicalization and Violent Emotions.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 4 (2017): 936–39.

Canetti, Daphna. “Politics Symposium: Emotional Distress, Conflict Ideology, and Radicalization.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 4 (2017): 940–43.

Moro, Francesco N. “Politics Symposium: Organizing Emotions and Ideology in Collective Armed Mobilization.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 4 (2017): 944–47.

Schubiger, Livia Isabella, and Matthew Zelina. “Politics Symposium: Ideology in Armed Groups.” PS: Political Science & Politics 50, no. 4 (2017): 948–52.

Horowitz, Donald L. “Say It with Murder.” Chapter 1 in The Deadly Ethnic Riot. University of California Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780520236424. [Preview with Google Books]

———.“Direct, Displaced, and Cumulative Ethnic Aggression.” Comparative Politics 6 (1973): 1–16.

10 Emotions and Violence II: Vengeance and Reconciliation

Tripp, Thomas M. and Robert J. Bies. “‘Righteous’ Anger and Revenge in the Workplace: The Fantasies, the Feuds, the Forgiveness.” Chapter 24 in International Handbook of Anger: Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes. Edited by Michael Potegal, Gerhard Stemmler, and Charles Spielberger. Springer, 2010. ISBN: 9780387896755. 

Petersen, Roger, and Sarah Zukerman. “Anger, Violence, and Political Science.” Chapter 32 in International Handbook of Anger: Constituent and Concomitant Biological, Psychological, and Social Processes. Edited by Michael Potegal, Gerhard Stemmler, and Charles Spielberger. Springer, 2010. ISBN: 9780387896755.

Frijda, Nico H. “The Lex Talionis: On Vengeance.” Chapter 10 in Emotions: Essays on Emotion Theory. Edited by Stephanie H.M. Van Goozen, Nanne E. Van de Poll, and Joseph A. Sergeant. Psychology Press, 1994. ISBN: 9780805812084. 

McCullough, Michael E., Robert Kurzban, and Benjamin A. Tabak. “Cognitive Systems for Revenge and Forgiveness.” Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (2013) : 1–58.

11 Emotions and International Politics I

Mercer, Jonathan. “Human Nature and the First Image: Emotion in International Politics.” Journal of International Relations and Development 9 (2006): 288–303.

Renshon, Jonathan, and Jennifer S. Lerner. “Decision-Making, the Role of Emotions in Foreign Policy.” The Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Edited by Daniel J. Christie. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. ISBN: 9781405196444. 

Hutchison, Emma, and Roland Bleiker. “Theorizing Emotions in World Politics.” International Theory 6, no. 3 (2014): 491–514.

Crawford, Neta C. “The Passion of World Politics: Propositions on Emotion and Emotional Relationships.” International Security 24, no. 4 (2000): 116–56.

McDermott, Rose, Anthony C. Lopez, and Peter K. Hatemi. “Blunt Not the Heart, Enrage It: The Psychology of Revenge and Deterrence.” Texas National Security Review 1, no. 1, November 2017.

12 Emotions and International Politics II

Marwicka, Robin. “The Logic of Affect.” Chapter 2 in Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy. Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780198794349. [Preview with Google Books]

———. “Conclusion.” Chapter 6 in Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy. Oxford University Press, 2018. ISBN: 9780198794349. 

Optional

 Moisi, Dominique. “Introduction: The Clash of Emotions.” In The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World. Anchor, 2010. ISBN: 9780307387370. [Preview with Google Books]

 ———. “Globalization, Identity, and Emotions.” Chapter 1 in The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World. Anchor, 2010. ISBN: 9780307387370. 

 ———. “The Culture of Humiliation.” Chapter 3 in The Geopolitics of Emotion: How Cultures of Fear, Humiliation, and Hope are Reshaping the World. Anchor, 2010. ISBN: 9780307387370. 

13 Wrap Up No readings assigned

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