chapter  8
16 Pages

Measures of hope and despair: emotionality, politics, and education

WithJILL BLACKMORE

Much has been written about emotions from the perspective of individual educators and students, as well as the politics of emotional management in teaching and leading within specific organisational contexts. Little has been written, with some notable exceptions (Boler 1999), of how emotions provide connectivity between individuals and groups as manifestations of the cultural relations and political economy in specific historical contexts. Denzin uses the term ‘emotionality’ rather than ‘emotions’ to argue the case for a more contextualised, relational, and socio-cultural perspective. ‘In every day life the emotions that people experience and establish can be as basic to their joint actions as are their claims to power, influence and status . . . Individuals are connected to society through the emotions they experience’ (1984: 24).