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Shaping the Public Mind 25 The age of suspicion There is nothing at all unusual these days about an interdisciplinary type of approach; one of the main developments in the social sciences in the last few decades has been the blurring and breaching of disciplinary boundaries. There is however still something unusual about an approach which places emphasis upon the ‘unconscious’, and even more so one which makes use of a notion of the ‘public mind’. The appearance of the psychoanalytic term ‘unconscious’ may invoke the stereotypical image of the mad Freudian, whose obsession with sexual meanings and the bizarre is out of touch with reality and therefore of little practical consequence.
Emotional governance’ means a deliberate and sophisticated attention to the emotional dynamics of the public, as part of the work of 21 22 Emotional Governance: Politics, Media and Terror government as well as of corporations and non-governmental social authorities. If effectively pursued, it will enhance the prospects for national leaders to speak authentically and inclusively to their publics, and thereby increase their capacity to shape patterns of public feeling. The fears of social engineering or even of totalitarian government which the phrase ‘emotional governance’ may evoke for some readers will be addressed in various parts of the book.
Our focus is on the ‘public’, which – however we deﬁne it – refers to a collective entity. So we will in part be looking at unconscious aspects of the collective, public mind. The processes by which this mind is shaped, knowingly or not, include containment, identiﬁcation, collusion, reparation and splitting, and will be elaborated on in following chapters. Shaping the Public Mind 25 The age of suspicion There is nothing at all unusual these days about an interdisciplinary type of approach; one of the main developments in the social sciences in the last few decades has been the blurring and breaching of disciplinary boundaries.
Emotional Governance: Politics, Media and Terror by B. Richards