Ressentiment

Angry white men in exhibit what French social theorist Georges Sorel called „ressentiment“ – a personal sense of self that is defined always in relationship to some perceived injury and whose collective politics mixes hatred and envy of those who we believe have injured us. That „creative hatred“, Sorel argues, is anathema to serious collective action because it is so easily manipulated; it is more likely to spasmodic violent eruptions than a serious social movement.

Michael Kimmel: Angry White Men.

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