Emotional Politics, with Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

In Episode Nine of the Parlia Podcast, Turi speaks to Journalism Professor Karin Wahl-Jorgensen, to look at how emotions underpin our opinions and our politics, and why anger defines today’s political culture.

S1 E9: Emotional Politics: how ‘angry populism’ made President Trump, with Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

“Our societies experience emotional regimes. Throughout history each particular era has been linked to specific ways of talking about emotions, even down to the particular emotional words that prevail. These are linked to political regimes. So, all political regimes are underpinned by dominant emotions.”

Turi speaks to Journalism Professor and author of Emotions Media and Politics Karin Wahl-Jorgensen about how emotional regimes define politics, how anger mobilises and what psychotherapy can teach us about political positions.

Together, they discuss:

  • “Emotional regimes” across history
  • Today’s age of “angry populism”
  • Anger - the ‘quintessential political emotion’
  • Collective trauma and today’s protest movements
  • The rationalist fetish of liberal democracies

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen is Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. Her work focuses on the relationship between citizenship, media and emotion - and how it is affected by rapid technological change and innovation. Her latest book is Emotions, Media and Politics, which makes the case for researching the role of emotions in mediated politics.

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