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From Pain to Power: A Socio-Psychological Investigation of Anti-Racist Feminist Ressentiment

From Pain to Power: A Socio-Psychological Investigation of Anti-Racist Feminist Ressentiment

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Title: From Pain to Power: A Socio-Psychological Investigation of Anti-Racist Feminist Ressentiment
Author: Amarshi, Aliya
Abstract: In recent years, identity-based movements have increasingly been criticized by outsiders for espousing a culture of outrage both in terms of their academic expressions and activist mobilizations. In the present study, I examine this charge from within the struggle by advancing a self-reflexive socio-psychological investigation into certain emotional responses, attitudes, and practices that have, in significant ways, come to define this type of political agitation. Specifically, I focus my analysis on anti-racist feminism given my personal ties and investment in this movement. Following Wendy Brown, I investigate whether anti-racist feminism suffers from the Nietzschean affliction of ressentiment, and if so, what can be done to reorient the movement towards a more affirmative and humanist future. I address this latter objective through the work of Erich Fromm who I argue provides us with insights that are especially pertinent to our current problem, and which, when developed further with the aid of anti-racist interventions, can offer a fruitful means to moving forward.
Subject: Philosophy
Keywords: Anti-racist feminism
Feminism
Identity politics
Culture of outrage
Call-out culture
Calling out
Ressentiment
Resentment
Humanism
Anti-racist humanism
Social movements
Social movement theory
Mindfulness
Compassionate activism
Spiritual activism
Erich Fromm
Frankfurt School
Wendy Brown
James Baldwin
Social psychology
Friedrich Nietzsche
Emancipatory social movements
Political emotions
Emotion
Positive freedom
Futurity
Alternative politics
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/35517
Supervisor: Walsh, Philip D.
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Program: Sociology
Exam date: 2018-07-16
Publish on: 2018-11-21

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