Szanto, Thomas; Slaby, Jan – 2020
Philosophers, cultural, social and political scientists are increasingly recognizing affectivity as an essential dimension of the political. Affectively charged political rhetoric, political strategies, and the global rise of populist and nationalist movements have contributed to this resurging interest in political affectivity. In the wake of the ‘affective turn’, political affect and emotions have been widely investigated in various research fields. Within cultural studies, there has been a special emphasis on gender, the ‘politics of affect,’ and power. Collective affective intentionality is the disposition of a group to jointly disclose situations or events in light of more or less unified patterns of shared concerns. Notice that this disposition is not actualized by groups as such, but by individual members’ “feeling-towards together”. Phenomenological differences between the above-sketched types of political emotions are intimately tied to differences regarding their normative dimensions.