Policy Press

Emotions in Crisis

Youth and Social Change in Spain

By Nina Margies

Published

Apr 25, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529235036

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 25, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529235043

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Apr 25, 2024

Page count

240 pages

ISBN

978-1529235043

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Emotions in Crisis

We usually speak of crisis in numbers: decline in purchasing power, rise in unemployment rates or decreasing levels of life satisfaction. But what do people feel when their supposed securities for their futures crumble?

The stories of the young adults after the 2008 economic crisis in Spain provide us with answers. This book shows how their loss of future prospects led to feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, frustration and resentment, and how they dealt with these emotions.

Combining the sociology of emotions with Bourdieu's practice theory, Emotions in Crisis analyses the impact of structural changes in society on individual and collective emotions. It shows that adapting to such changes involves 'emotion work' and highlights the different forms this work can take.

“Nina Margies’ engaging narrative, shaped by an innovative grasp of Bourdieu and Goffman, reveals how crisis provokes emotions which not only reflect despair but also animate agency. This is an important book for our times.” Jack Barbalet, Australian Catholic University

Nina Margies is Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Introduction

1. Emotions, Structure and Agency

Part 1: Feeling Differently than Socialised

2. Feeling Stuck: The Impasse

3. Emotional Responses

Part 2: Interpreting and Dealing with Emotions of Hysteresis

4. Individualistic Frames and Individual Backstages

5. Systemic Frames and Collective Spaces for Emotion Work

Part 3: (Re)positioning and Sense of ‘Placing’ in the Face of Change

6. Emotional Fulfilment and Work

7. Anger and Work

Concluding Discussion