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Affect and its instrumentality in the discourse of protection

Waller-Carr, Florence (2020) Affect and its instrumentality in the discourse of protection. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 22 (5). 675 - 696. ISSN 1461-6742

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Identification Number: 10.1080/14616742.2020.1844032


This article engages theories of affect to explore the instrumentality and power of emotions in policy spaces, specifically the United Nations Security Council’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. The concept of affect is applied to an analysis of the pillar of “protection,” exploring the role of discourse and emotions in the narrative creation of the “vulnerable and violated other woman.” This article analyzes speeches made by Hillary Clinton, United States Secretary of State and WPS ambassador, leading up to the passing of the second landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) on conflict-related sexual violence, UNSCR 1888 (2009), in order to explore the power of emotions in WPS. It is argued that the racialized and gendered narrative of vulnerability used by Clinton enacts sympathy and pity, and that this affect is produced through a colonial history and continues to reproduce inequality and hierarchy.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 13:42
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2024 21:30

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