Friends for the movement: Emotion and learning in the balance of intrinsic and strategic relations

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Abstract

This paper contributes to recent theorization of relationships in the learning sciences using the case of an animal rights activist group. Drawing on ethnographic data from participant observation and interviews, I argue that the emotionality of being part of the activist community provided intrinsic value but also became part of instrumental understandings that linked feeling “empowered” by the community to practices like speaking up for one’s values and participating in direct action. I introduce casual emotion work to describe how seemingly non-pedagogical practices during community events can support the uptake of ways of feeling that are understood as strategically valuable for social transformation. The study has implications for understanding emotion as a dimension of relationality with consequences for both learning and politics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages230-237
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467255
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume1
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Education

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