In times of a worldwide pandemic, the election of a new US president, "MeToo," and "Fridays for Future," to name but a few examples, one thing becomes palpable: the emotional impact of media on individuals and society cannot be underestimated. The relations between media, people, and society are to a great extent based on human emotions. Emotions are essential in understanding how media messages are processed and how media affect individual and social behavior as well as public social life.

Adopting a thoroughly interdisciplinary approach to the study of emotions in the context of media, the second, entirely revised and updated, edition of Routledge International Handbook of Emotions and Media comprises areas such as evolutionary psychology, media psychology, media sociology, cultural studies, media entertainment, and political and digital communication. Leading experts from across the globe explore cutting-edge research on the role of emotion in selecting and processing media contents, the emotional consequences of media use, politics and public emotion, emotions in political communication and persuasion, as well as emotions in digital, interactive, and virtual encounters.

This compelling and authoritative Handbook is an essential reference tool for scholars and students of media, communication science, media psychology, emotion, cognitive and social psychology, cultural studies, media sociology, and related fields.

part I|66 pages

Emotions and mediaFrom motives to meanings and measurements

chapter 21|14 pages

Emotions and the media

Interdisciplinary perspectives

chapter 2|15 pages

The descent of emotions in media

Darwinian perspectives

part II|62 pages

Emotions in the selection and processing of media content

chapter 6|17 pages

Media-based emotional coping

Examining the emotional benefits and pitfalls of media consumption

chapter 7|10 pages

Tragic and poignant entertainment

The gratifications of meaningfulness

part III|64 pages

Emotional consequences of media use

part IV|90 pages

Emotion and media in politics and persuasion

chapter 14|15 pages

Emotions and the politics of fear

9/11, Trump, and the pandemic

chapter 16|20 pages

Embodied politics and emotional expression in the populist era

Research advances amid a disruptive decade

part V|46 pages

Emotions and interactive media

chapter 28418|18 pages

Emotionally resonant media

Advances in sensing, understanding, and influencing human emotion through interactive media

chapter 20|13 pages

Emotion and digital media

Emotion regulation in interactive, on-demand, and networked media