Collective pride, happiness and celebratory emotions: aggregate, network and cultural models

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    Abstract

    Collective pride is of increasing interest to interdisciplinary emotion researchers. Proud positive emotional climates, waves of celebratory emotion, and elevated group moods occur in large groups such as organizations, communities, and nations in response to success in mega-sport events, positive international attention, praiseworthy group behavior, and the successful completion of projects that confirm a collective’s strengths or enhanced status. This chapter first confronts sources of skepticism about the existence of collective pride as a discrete positive collective emotion. Aggregative, network, and cultural models of collective emotion are then examined through instances of positive group emotion generated in the contexts of mega-sport competitions, social movements and group conflicts. Analysis of several examples follows, and demonstrates the need for a clear distinction between celebratory emotions and predominantly negative forms of defiant and narcissistic group emotion. Conceptual-discursive and phenomenological grounds are used to explore connections between collective pride and collective shame as well as to argue that collective hubris has unique emotional contours. Publisher statement: Pages 266-280 of Collective Emotions edited by C. von Scheve & M. Salmela, 2014, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199659180.do .
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCollective Emotions
    EditorsC. von Scheve, M. Salmela
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Pages266-280
    ISBN (Print)9780199659180
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Bibliographical note

    Pages 266-280 of Collective Emotions edited by C. von Scheve & M. Salmela, 2014, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199659180.do .

    Keywords

    • collective pride
    • national pride
    • patriotism
    • nationalism
    • collective hubris
    • collective narcissism

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    Sullivan, G. B. (2014). Collective pride, happiness and celebratory emotions: aggregate, network and cultural models. In C. von Scheve, & M. Salmela (Eds.), Collective Emotions (pp. 266-280). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199659180.003.0018