ISS 20 år: Emotions and Democracy
James M. Jasper, professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
In 2016 the Department of Sociology and Human Geography is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the two disciplines being brought together to form the department as it is today.
James M. jasper. Photo: Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
Every generation invents its own vision of democracy. Our own twist is to appreciate the emotional components of democracy: the compassion for others, the dignity and self-respect that all groups deserve, and even the anger and outrage that signal when things have gone wrong. Emotions used to be considered antithetical to political rationality, but now we have come to see their positive contributions as well. Part of the reason has to do with the increased participation of women in our political, economic, and intellectual institutions.