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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.20

Emotions in the context of Polish national movement


  • Weronika KUTA

Primary authors

  • Weronika KUTA (Jagiellonian University, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology)


My speech is focused on the analyses of emotions, connected with nationalist attitudes, presented by members of formal and informal Polish national organizations. Emotions manifest themselves on the different levels of activity and have different functions – they have impact on shaping own social identity, defining allies or enemies and also the aims of intolerance. Emotions may also bond the group and let build the sense of belonging to the community. They also play an important role in the assessment of facts and own social situation (both on individual and group level), which may generate opposition attempts or efforts toward maintaining the situation, so it is translated into real activities. I also want to take a closer look at different factors from which the functioning of emotions is dependent, such as time, the size of the group and the level of belonging to movement and analyze what is their impact on building an image of own group and surrounding groups (allies and enemies). An indispensable element of the analysis is also the observation of the functioning of the language and all manifestations of emotions that are reflected in it. Both nationalistic values ​​and nationalism itself arouse strong, often extreme relations, so this is a noteworthy issue. Understanding of emotions can also positively influence the recognition of the sources of behavior described as negative, and thus reduce the tension existing in public space.