9th Conference European Sociological Association

RN11 Sociology of Emotions

2009-09-05 11:00:00 2009-09-05 12:30:00 Saturday, 5 September 11:00 - 12:30 States, Identitties & Emotions Building II, C6.09

Fear as Social emotions and as social change operators


Social change transforms the way people live and the way people represent their way of living.
Social change, as much as resistance to social change, could it start by managing fear feelings? The hypothesis is to look at social emotions as change operators that enables people to transform them selves in order to resist to social change proposals, or else, in order to act strongly, "without fear", supporting social change.
Some authors show emotions as supportive of rational thinking and behaviour. The stability of rationality depends on the way emotions are managed: as "fear" or "without fear". If it is so, instability is the norm and stability is available when fear operates and a freezing device.
The experience described on this paper would compare the memories of the author about the carnation revolution, in Portugal after the economic crisis of 1973 and what happens in Greece since November 2008.
To compare the fear people felt before the democratic revolution in Portugal (and in Greece more or less at the same time) and the "without fear" people felt after the revolution and after the recent uprising in Greece.
We will look for fear emotions inside institutional spaces, at the family and friends level and at the individual level.