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Emotions in context: Revolutionary accelerators, hope, moral outrage, and other emotions in the making of Nicaragua's revolution


Author: Reed, Jean-Pierre

Date of Publication: 2004

Publication: Theory and society 33: 653-703, 2004. Springer


Purpose of the study

Key questions 

This study wants to understanding the role of emotions in the making of revolution during the insurrectionary period in Nicaragua. Explore how moral outrage and hope are connected to revolutionary accelerators; the conflictual event-context from which revolutionary actors emerge.



This study is empirical/theoretical, using interviews and oral history.




This study is about the “emotional context”/”breeding ground” for mobilization and radicalization to action

Key findings 

Moral outrage and hope are typical dominant emotions connected to revolutionary accelerators. The root causes of mobilization contexts are more immediate than those of revolution as a “macro event”. This requires that we examine the actual conditions of protest mobilization as “micro-events” with their own distinct “effect”.

Reviewer's Notes

Key words: moral outrage, political violence, revolution, radicalization, mobilization, Nicaragua

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