Moral outrage has until now been conceptualized as a call to action, a reaction
to injustice and transgressions, and a forceful motor for democratic participation,
acts of civil disobedience, and violent and illicit action. This introduction goes beyond
linear causality between trigger events, political emotions, and actions to explore moral
outrage as it is experienced and expressed in contexts of political violence, providing a
better understanding of that emotion’s generic power. Moral outrage is here understood
as a multidimensional emotion that may occur momentarily and instantly, and exist as
an enduring process and being-in-the-world, based on intergenerational experiences
of violence, state histories, or local contexts of fear and anxiety. Because it appears in
the intersubjective field, moral outrage is central for identity politics and social positioning,
so we show how moral outrage may be a prism to investigate and understand
social processes such as mobilization, collectivities, moral positioning and responsiveness,
and political violence.
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