Affective Turn Theorizing the Social

ISBN-10: 0822339250

ISBN-13: 9780822339250

Edition: 2007

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"The innovative essays in this volume . . . demonstrat[e] the potential of the perspective of the affects in a wide range of fields and with a variety of methodological approaches. Some of the essays . . . use fieldwork to investigate the functions of affects--among organized sex workers, health care workers, and in the modeling industry. Others employ the discourses of microbiology, thermodynamics, information sciences, and cinema studies to rethink the body and the affects in terms of technology. Still others explore the affects of trauma in the context of immigration and war. And throughout all the essays run serious theoretical reflections on the powers of the affects and the political possibilities they pose for research and practice."--Michael Hardt, from the foreword In the mid-1990s, scholars turned their attention toward the ways that ongoing political, economic, and cultural transformations were changing the realm of the social, specifically that aspect of it described by the notion of affect: pre-individual bodily forces, linked to autonomic responses, which augment or diminish a body's capacity to act or engage with others. This "affective turn" and the new configurations of bodies, technology, and matter that it reveals, is the subject of this collection of essays. Scholars based in sociology, cultural studies, science studies, and women's studies illuminate the movement in thought from a psychoanalytically informed criticism of subject identity, representation, and trauma to an engagement with information and affect; from a privileging of the organic body to an exploration of nonorganic life; and from the presumption of equilibrium-seeking closed systems to anengagement with the complexity of open systems under far-from-equilibrium conditions. Taken together, these essays suggest that attending to the affective turn is necessary to theorizing the social. "Contributors," Jamie "Skye" Bianco, Grace M. Cho, Patricia Ticineto Clough, Melissa Ditmore, Ariel Ducey, Deborah Gambs, Karen Wendy Gilbert, Greg Goldberg, Jean Halley, Hosu Kim, David Staples, Craig Willse, Elizabeth Wissinger, Jonathan R. Wynn
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 7/12/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Michael Hardt is Professor of Literature and Italian at Duke University.

Acknowledgments
Foreword: What Affects Are Good For
Introduction
The Parched Tongue
Techno-Cinema: Image Matters in the Affective Unfoldings of Analog Cinema and New Media
Slowness: Notes toward an Economy of Differencial Rates of Being
Myocellular Transduction: When My Cells Trained My Body-Mind
Women's Work and the Ambivalent Gift of Entropy
Voices from the Teum: Synesthetic Trauma and the Ghosts of the Korean Diaspora
In Calcutta, Sex Workers Organize
More Than a Job: Meaning, Affect, and Training Health Care Workers
Haunting Orpheus: Problems of Space and Time in the Desert
Always on Display: Affective Production in the Modeling Industry
The Wire
Losses and Returns: The Soldier in Trauma
Bibliography
Contributors
Index
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