The eidetic of belonging: Towards a phenomenological psychology of affect and ethno-national identity

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Baldacchino, Jean-Paul (2011) The eidetic of belonging: Towards a phenomenological psychology of affect and ethno-national identity. Ethnicities, 11 (1). pp. 80-106. ISSN 1468-7968


In this article I discuss the way affect has featured in discussions of identity, focusing on ethnic and national identities. While affect features in most discussions of ethnicity it has mostly been dismissed as a testament to the irrationality and dangerous qualities of the identity in question. Such discussions adopt a simplistic model of human psychology, usually based on a hydraulic model of the emotions. After considering some recent and pioneering work that foregrounds the role of affectivity in group formations, I proceed to outline the basis for a phenomenological psychology of affect and group identities incorporating insights from psychoanalysis and phenomenology. One cannot begin to discuss the proper role of identity in the public sphere without first considering the emotional dynamics that underlie such group formations.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1177/1468796810388702
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Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > FOR Classification > 2203 Philosophy
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID25007, affect, emotion, ethnic sentiments, ethnic identities, national identities, nationalism, phenomenology, psychoanalysis, collective desire, patriotism, Hydraulic Model, Hegelian communitarianism, we-images
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