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Towards a typology of mediated anger: routine coverage of protest and political emotion

Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin 2018. Towards a typology of mediated anger: routine coverage of protest and political emotion. International Journal of Communication 12 , pp. 2071-2087.

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Abstract

This article establishes the importance of studying mediated anger. It first develops a typology of mediated anger, suggesting it is performative, discursively constructed, collective, and political. It applies this typology to routine coverage of anger in UK protest coverage during a two-month time period in 2015. The analysis demonstrates that anger serves as a cause of engagement and a barometer of public feeling. It sets out a spectrum of discursive constructions of mediated anger. At one end sits rational and legitimate anger, which forms the basis for social change. Along the spectrum sits aggressive and/or disruptive anger motivated by rational and legitimate concerns. At the other end of the spectrum lies illegitimate and irrational anger. The analysis shows that protesters can be simultaneously angry and rational, peaceful and legitimate. Discourses on protest construct a commonsense theory of political motivation, whereby anger explains the desire for political engagement, but only occasionally brings about other negative emotions or actions. As such, the article contributes a more nuanced understanding of anger as a political emotion.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: University of Southern California
ISSN: 1932-8036
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 October 2017
Date of Acceptance: 4 October 2017
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2019 04:49
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/105961

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