Fear as a Political Factor
2017 (English)In: International Political Sociology, ISSN 1749-5679, E-ISSN 1749-5687, Vol. 11, no 1, 55-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In past decades, social and cultural theory as well as international relations theory and political theory have been preoccupied with the subject of fear. In this article, I return the conversation about fear as a political factor to what may be the oldest subject in the book: the connection between fear and political authority. Today, I suggest, we are in the midst of a shift in our understanding of this relationship, prompted not least by efforts to come to terms, analytically and politically, with the challenges of climate change. The article seeks to get a clearer view of this shift by identifying and analyzing three distinct stories in academic and public discourse about fear and political authority. By way of conclusion, I venture that these mutations in our ways of thinking, speaking, and feeling about political authority and fear point toward a model of political authority for post-sovereign conditions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. Vol. 11, no 1, 55-72 p.
Research subject Social Sciences, Political Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-61671DOI: 10.1093/ips/olw033OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-61671DiVA: diva2:1084255