The rainbow connection: Disrupting background affect, overcoming barriers and emergent emotional collectives at “Pride in London”

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    Abstract

    Abstract: This article focuses on a large‐scale parade in the UK that is often overlooked in research concerned with the sociology of political emotions and group dynamics; “Pride in London”. This is an annual parade celebrating, and raising awareness about, the LGBTQ+ community and commemorating the Stonewall riots. Following a brief description of the study context, participants and methods, the article illustrates the use of reflexive thematic analysis of 23 interviewee accounts of the parade. Analysis of emotional habitus and affective practices preceding, and on the day of, the parade offer an insight into the manifestation of collective emotion. Three themes are developed exploring the use of recognizable and emotive symbols, physicality of embodied emotion and spatial arrangement and the encompassing nature of group emotion. Finally, the interplay between background and foreground emotion is explored as a way of understanding and demonstrating the fluidity and temporality of affective experience and expression when people are engaged in collective action at a social justice event.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1006-1024
    Number of pages19
    JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
    Volume73
    Issue number5
    Early online date29 Aug 2022
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

    Bibliographical note

    This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

    Keywords

    • social justice
    • LGBTQ+
    • collective emotion
    • Affective practice
    • emotional habitus
    • Group processes

    Institute themes

    • Social Movements and Contentious Politics
    • Equality and Inclusion

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