Billy Holzberg*

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Emojis! Feminism! Rage! Sociologist Billy Holzberg joins us to talk about emotion. Why is it dismissed as an obstacle to progress and clear thinking – and to whose benefit? How can we let anger into politics without sanctioning far-right violence? And why are some of us freer than others to play with emotional abjection? Billy reflects on all this and more with Alexis and Rosie, celebrating thinkers from Sara Ahmed to Karl Marx, W.E.B. Du Bois to Yasmin Gunaratnam. Billy also reflects on queerness, childhood and shame; the emotional precarity of TV’s Fleabag; the playfulness of emojis; and the desperate but subversive power of the hunger striker. Plus: a welcome clarification of the slippery line between affect and emotion. Moderated by Rosie Hancock and Alexis Hieu Truong. Produced by Alice Bloch.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUncommon Sense – The Sociological Review
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2023


  • Emotion
  • affect
  • queer
  • nationalism
  • media narratives
  • shame
  • Rage


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