Emotional Governance Politics, Media, and Terror

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This lucid and original work argues for a new style of political leadership, one which pays deliberate and sophisticated attention to the emotional dynamics of the public.

Author Biography

BARRY RICHARDS is Professor of Public Communication and Head of Research in the Media School at Bournemouth University, UK. He was formerly Professor and Head of the Department of Human Relations at the University of East London. He has written extensively on psychosocial dimensions of politics and popular culture.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introduction: The Case for Emotional Governancep. 1
The three levels of emotional regulationp. 1
Emotional governancep. 4
The problem with psychologyp. 7
Previewp. 10
A Democracy of Feelingsp. 19
Shaping the Public Mindp. 21
Shapers and moversp. 21
The psychosocial matrixp. 24
The age of suspicionp. 25
The reality of the group mindp. 25
The Rise of Therapeutic Culturep. 30
Audiences want affectp. 30
The nature of the therapeuticp. 33
The damaged princessp. 35
Authentic expression or fake sentiment?p. 40
Global Passionsp. 43
Charisma and its alternativesp. 43
Boring: the problem of dis-passionate politicsp. 44
The inrushing worldp. 48
Parliaments of feelingp. 52
The Bias Against Hopep. 55
Journalism as Emotional Labourp. 57
The emotional public spherep. 57
News consumption and anxiety managementp. 58
Containment and the mediap. 61
Emotional work in news productionp. 64
Keeping calm about terrorp. 66
Rottweilers Savage Democracyp. 72
The national conversationp. 72
The damagep. 73
Cultures of attackp. 78
Any passion is better than none?p. 79
Challenging the Media Biasp. 83
Emotional agendas in journalismp. 83
Web spacep. 85
The three literaciesp. 87
Journalism and the regulation of public feelingp. 88
The Search for Connectionp. 91
Politics as Emotional Labourp. 93
Hoping for somethingp. 93
Politics and popularityp. 94
The leader as personp. 96
Reparationp. 99
Authenticity on stagep. 101
The wrong hands on the levers of power?p. 104
Poor Emotional Governancep. 107
The anti-smirking campaign and other failuresp. 107
Terror and impoverished thoughtp. 113
Terror in the Public Mindp. 121
The Four Factors of Fearp. 123
The political importance of the fear of terrorismp. 123
Historical context: war without end?p. 128
What makes us anxious?p. 130
Some conclusionsp. 135
Terrorism and the Emotional Publicp. 137
Why and how to conduct an emotional auditp. 137
Polls and passionsp. 138
Are terrorists on another planet?p. 149
From Emotional Audit to Communication Strategyp. 156
The binary media discourse of terrorp. 56
Public-media interactionsp. 162
Improving emotional governance around terrorp. 164
Repairing Leadershipp. 169
Market Failuresp. 171
The language of political marketingp. 171
Political marketing and a political psychology of emotionsp. 172
Marketing and the crisis of leadershipp. 176
Fear, security and the limits of political marketingp. 180
Deferring to Realityp. 183
Emotional educationp. 183
Fantasies of renewalp. 184
Leadership and realityp. 188
Notesp. 195
Referencesp. 205
Author Indexp. 215
Subject and Name Indexp. 218
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