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The Emotional Economy of the European Financial Crisis in the UK Press

Capelos, Tereza, Exadaktylos, Theofanis, Chrona, Stavroula and Pouloupoulou, Maria (2017) The Emotional Economy of the European Financial Crisis in the UK Press International Journal of Communication.

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This article examines the individual, collective and social emotions embedded in media discussions of the financial crisis. Emotional experiences towards crises and the political institutions associated with them serve as valuable tools in understanding how citizens think and feel in the public sphere. We highlight over-time links between individual, collective and social emotionality as we analyze the content of UK media representations of the European financial crisis, from 2009 to 2012. We code editorials from journalists, and commentaries from experts, public figures and opinion leaders published in four UK newspapers, and identify the valence and affective tone of individual, collective and social expressions of anger, fear, disappointment, hope, pride, and compassion. We also examine how these interlinked levels of emotional talk underpin the public’s blame attributions. This article contributes to the systematic understanding of the impact of the financial crisis on public opinion, and considers its contribution towards European integration attitudes in the period marked by the introduction of Brexit as term in the public sphere.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
Pouloupoulou, Maria
Date : 2017
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright © 2017 the authors. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd). Available at
Uncontrolled Keywords : Media representations; Emotions; Financial crisis; Affect; Blame; Public opinion
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 08 Nov 2017 10:25
Last Modified : 20 Jun 2018 10:28

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