Affect Theory Reader
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Description: This field-defining collection consolidates and builds momentum in the burgeoning area of affect studies. Major thinkers theorize affect: visceral forces beneath, alongside, or generally other than conscious knowing that can serve to drive us toward movement, thought and ever-changing forms of relation. As Lauren Berlant explores "cruel optimism," Brian Massumi theorizes the affective logic of public threat, and Elspeth Probyn examines shame, they, along with the other contributors, show how an awareness of affect is opening up exciting new insights in disciplines from anthropology, cultural studies, geography, and psychology to philosophy, queer studies, and sociology. In essays diverse in subject matter, style and perspective, the contributors demonstrate how affect theory illuminates the intertwined realms of the aesthetic, the ethical and the political as they play out across bodies (human and non-human) in both mundane and extraordinary ways. They reveal the broad theoretical possibilities opened by an awareness of affect as they reflect on topics including ethics, food, public morale, glamour, snark in the workplace and mental health regimes.The Affect Theory Readerincludes an interview with the cultural theorist Lawrence Grossberg and an afterword by the anthropologist Kathleen Stewart. In the introduction, the editors suggest ways of defining affect, trace the concept's history and highlight the role of affect theory in various areas of study. Contributors; Sara Ahmed; Ben Anderson; Lauren Berlant; Lone Bertelsen; Steven D. Brown; Patricia Ticineto Clough; Anna Gibbs; Melissa Gregg; Lawrence Grossberg; Ben Highmore; Brian Massumi; Andrew Murphie; Elspeth Probyn; Gregory J. Seigworth; Kathleen Stewart; Nigel Thrift; Ian Tucker; Megan Watkins
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 11/12/2010
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
|An Inventory of Shimmers|
|The Future Birth of the Affective Fact: The Political Ontology of Threat|
|Aesthetics and the Everyday|
|Bitter after Taste: Affect, Food, and Social Aesthetics|
|An Ethics of Everyday Infinities and Powers: Fï¿½lix Guattari on Affect and the Refrain|
|Modulating the Excess of Affect: Morale in a State of ï¿½Total Warï¿½|
|After Affect: Sympathy, Synchrony, and Mimetic Communication|
|The Affective Turn: Political Economy, Biomedia, and Bodies|
|Eff the Ineffable: Affect, Somatic Management, and Mental Health Service Users|
|On Friday Night Drinks: Workplace Affects in the Age of the Cubicle|
|Desiring Recognition, Accumulating Affect|
|Understanding the Material Practices of Glamour|
|Affect's Future: Rediscovering the Virtual in the Actual|
|Afterword: Worlding Refrains|