The present issue marks the second consecutive edition of aspeers that focuses on the cultural and political practices surrounding specific emotions. Last year’s edition revolved around American Anger, and in its introduction, the editors identified the pervasiveness of anger in “conversations in the contemporary US, particularly in the political sphere” (2). This year’s issue on Pride and Shame follows this approach, as we feel that, at the onset of a new decade, it is apt to reflect on how pride and shame have become two of the most explicitly political emotions of the last twenty years.

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