Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy

Pedwell, Carolyn (2014) Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy. Thinking Gender in Transnational Times . Palgrave Macmillan, 264 pp. ISBN 978-1137275257. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy explores the power dynamics underlying the contemporary affective injunction to 'be empathetic', and their complex social and geopolitical implications. Through analysis of a range of popular and scholarly sites and texts – including Obama's speeches and memoirs, best-selling business books, international development literatures, popular science tracts, postcolonial literature and feminist, anti-racist and queer theory – this book investigates the possibilities, risks and contradictions of figuring empathy as an affective tool for engendering transnational social justice. Opening up new ways of thinking and feeling empathetic politics beyond universalist calls to 'put oneself in the others' shoes', it examines empathy's dynamic links to processes of location, translation, imagination and attunement. Affective Relations is interested in how empathy might be translated differently - how dominant liberal, neoliberal and neocolonial visions and practices of empathy can be reinterpreted in the context of transnationality to activate alternative affective connections, solidarities and potentialities.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1236 Gender Politics
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Carolyn Pedwell
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2014 15:14 UTC
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2017 11:21 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42869 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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