Publication details for Professor Rachel PainPain, R. Globalized fear? Towards an emotional geopolitics. Progress in Human Geography. 2009;33:466-486.
- Publication type: Journal papers: academic
- ISSN/ISBN: 0309-1325, 1477-0288
- DOI: 10.1177/0309132508104994
- Keywords: Conscientization, Emotion, Fear, Feminism, Geopolitics.
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This paper questions the recent recasting of fear within critical geopolitics. It identifies a widespread metanarrative, `globalized fear', analysis of which lacks grounding and is remote, disembodied and curiously unemotional. A hierarchical scaling of emotions, politics and place overlooks agency, resistance and action. Drawing on feminist scholarship, I call for an emotional geopolitics of fear which connects political processes and everyday emotional topographies in a less hierarchical, more enabling relationship. I employ conscientization as a tool to inform the reconceptualization of global fears within critical geopolitics, and to move forward epistemological practice and our relationship as scholars with social change.