By Mathias Delori
This chapter analyses the emotional reactions to the “terrorist” attacks of January 2015, in particular the huge demonstration of January 2015. It argues that “negative” emotions such as hatred, anger and desire of revenge played a marginal role. Most demonstrators expressed, rather, compassion and sympathy for the victims. I draw on Judith Butler’s notions of “grievable” and “ungrievable lives” to uncover the power operation which underpin this apparent “humanist” politics of emotions.
in : Terrorisme, émotions et relations internationales. Essai d’actualité, sous la direction de Gilles Bertrand et Mathias Delori, Bordeaux: Editions Myriapode, 2015