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Introduction: The Global 1970s from a History of Emotions Perspective

  • Rukmini Barua EMAIL logo , Caroline Moine , Alexandra Oberländer and Julia Wambach
From the journal New Global Studies


The 1970s have been identified through a range of emotional markers. This special issue critically analyzes the emotional history of this decade through a global perspective. In doing so, the contributions in this issue consider the different registers and scales at which emotions were experienced, perceived, and discussed. Drawing on discussions of gay liberation struggles in Latin America, decolonial movements in Palestine, the New International Economic Order, the North American Left, and forms of post-imperialist belonging in New Zealand and Australia, we detail how new emotional communities were produced and how distinct emotionalities were shaped in conjunction with shifting global politics.

Corresponding author: Rukmini Barua, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, 14195 Berlin, Germany, E-mail:
We would like to thank Daniela Petrosino and Emma Catherine Lawson for their wonderful editorial support, as well as the editors of New Global Studies and the anonymous reviewers for their cooperation and comments.


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Received: 2023-06-30
Accepted: 2023-06-30
Published Online: 2023-08-08

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