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Angus McCabe and Jenny Phillimore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327776

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.001.0001

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Authentic and legitimate? The emotional role of ‘grassroots’ community activists in policymaking

Authentic and legitimate? The emotional role of ‘grassroots’ community activists in policymaking

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(p.263) Thirteen Authentic and legitimate? The emotional role of ‘grassroots’ community activists in policymaking
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Community Groups in Context
Author(s):
Rosie Anderson
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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.003.0014

This chapter examines the different understandings of the emotional role played by ‘grassroots’ participants in policy-making, while also considering the relationship between emotion, authenticity, and legitimate decision-making. Many see emotional knowledge as at odds with other forms, such as scientific or legal expertise, and since community activists are seen to have a particular affinity with emotion, this helps preserve their respective ‘grassroots’ and ‘professional’ statuses. This chapter explores the rules about who may be emotional, when they may do that, and how emotion should be expressed socially. It also raises some key challenges for policy makers including the power and status of emotion, and what is at stake when using different types of knowledge as the raw materials of policy-making.

Keywords:   emotion, grassroots, community activists, policy-making, authenticity, policy makers

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