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Everyday Ontological Security: Emotion and Migration in British Soaps

Innes, A. J. ORCID: 0000-0002-0100-8990 (2017). Everyday Ontological Security: Emotion and Migration in British Soaps. International Political Sociology, 11(4), pp. 380-397. doi: 10.1093/ips/olx018

Abstract

Work on affect has made significant contributions to how international relations (IR) scholars understand the high politics of international affairs, capturing political reactions to the horrific, the spectacular, and the exceptional. However, the turn to affect has been less inclined to offer comprehensive insight into the importance of emotion in banal or everyday international politics. The theory of ontological security can offer such insight as it attends to experiences of the everyday, particularly through the discursive production of identity. Identity might be disrupted at moments of spectacular or exceptional events that call it into question but is equally made and remade in the discursive production of everyday life. This research focuses on the latter, analyzing the reproduction of the international in the everyday through the vehicle of British soap operas Coronation Street and Emmerdale, both of which introduced storylines about migrant workers in the late 2000s. British soaps are designed to be culturally proximate and incorporate didactic messages. Analysis of soaps offers a layered and intersectional view of emotional reactions to international migration at the level of an abstracted individual and the level of the nation-as-viewer.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in International Political Sociology following peer review. The version of record Alexandria J Innes, Everyday Ontological Security: Emotion and Migration in British Soaps, International Political Sociology, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2017, Pages 380–397, is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/ips/olx018.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > International Politics
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2020 14:15
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/25109
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