Feeling Black Lives Matter: The Psycho-Social Dynamics of Sentiment
Not everyone “feels” Black Lives Matter. The meme and the movement are controversial because many publics are divided about whether racism exists and should be protested.
I will discuss a transdisciplinary project on everyday sentiment rooted in affect theory and science; the iconography and phenomenology of race, domination, and resistance; social and personality psychology; dynamical systems theory; and data science. I will present a series of studies in the U.S. that use micro (physiology, neuroscience, self-report) and macro (news and social media) quantitative methods to trace the dynamics of sentiment at events, over time, across individuals and groups.