James M. Jasper teaches sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of many books, including The Art of Moral Protest and Getting Your Way, both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Highly recommended. . .A definitive, systematic book that explores emotions in politics and in social action writ large. . .This is an outstanding book, suitable for academicians in all social sciences and for any professionals with responsibility for organizing and managing social and political protests. -- Choice Jasper has been a pioneer in the field of emotions in protest, and this book is the crowning achievement of his work. -- Linus Owens, Middlebury College This is the big systematic theory book we've been waiting for about emotions in politics and, indeed, in all social action. Jasper makes a big advance for theory of emotions, using social protests as a key research site. -- Randall Collins, University of Pennsylvania With The Emotions of Protest, Jasper- one of the main figures in this field for decades-wrote a book that is useful for exploring recent emotion research across various disciplines, obtaining an informed overview of emotions in protest and politics, and finding inspiration for future research on protest, politics, emotion, and human action. In its ambitious scope the book promises an overview of emotions in politics, but the typology may also hold for many more processes and social actions. Thereby, the book successfully develops a perspective on emotions that is cultural and interactive, based on, and explaining, meaning and interpretation, micro- as well as macro-social processes. Due to Jasper's accessible writing style and the many examples, the book makes for a good read and will be of interest to students, researchers, and non-academic readers alike. -- Soziopolis The Emotions of Protest has a vast scope, both chronologically and in terms of fitting various theoretical moments and turns into an overarching narrative. This moves smoothly between and across academic disciplines, too, from political philosophy to sociology and psychology. Jasper is broadly successful in terms of steering a route through the maelstrom of politics, action, motivation and emotions. . .The success of The Emotions of Protest lies in its relatability. We know (or, at least, we think we know) our own emotions and what provokes them, and so it's perhaps inevitable that readers will identify with a thesis that celebrates and moves them to centre-stage. Jasper's knowledge of the field is breathtaking. -- Times Higher Education