The aim of this article is to investigate the role of anxiety as an emotional state frequently identified as the most characteristic of the history of modern Europe, and of the 'Global North'. Starting from an assessment of the main supporters of this interpretation in social theory - such as the risk society approach of Ulrich Beck, and the role of expert knowledge in Anthony Giddens - the article discusses the current relevance and limitations of this well-established notion. The second part applies this discussion to the role of anxiety in the recent Covid-19 outbreak, and more specifically with regard to its relations with trust in scientific knowledge. Even though Covid-19 has been a global pandemic, this emergency can reveal some cultural and historical characteristics of European anxiety in the geo-cultural map of emotions.

A sociology of anxiety: Western modern legacy and the Covid-19 outbreak / P.A. Rebughini. - In: INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY. - ISSN 0268-5809. - (2021). [Epub ahead of print]

A sociology of anxiety: Western modern legacy and the Covid-19 outbreak

P.A. Rebughini
2021

Abstract

The aim of this article is to investigate the role of anxiety as an emotional state frequently identified as the most characteristic of the history of modern Europe, and of the 'Global North'. Starting from an assessment of the main supporters of this interpretation in social theory - such as the risk society approach of Ulrich Beck, and the role of expert knowledge in Anthony Giddens - the article discusses the current relevance and limitations of this well-established notion. The second part applies this discussion to the role of anxiety in the recent Covid-19 outbreak, and more specifically with regard to its relations with trust in scientific knowledge. Even though Covid-19 has been a global pandemic, this emergency can reveal some cultural and historical characteristics of European anxiety in the geo-cultural map of emotions.
Anxiety; Covid-19; emotions; Europe; expert knowledge
Settore SPS/08 - Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi
giu-2021
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