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Affect

Pedwell, Carolyn (2019) Affect. . Glossary, AHRC 'Translating Cultures' Theme Online glossary entry. (In press) (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

While ‘the affective turn’ has gained significant currency over the past two decades, it is nonetheless difficult to define as it signifies a range of different, and sometimes contradictory, movements and articulations. On one hand, it is an extension of the ‘discursive turn’ which challenged ‘the scientific superiority of “detached reason” … over the emotional and the subjective’, paving the way for a ‘resurgence of empirical and theoretical interest in emotions’ (Greco and Stenner, 2008: 5). On the other hand, in its call for ‘a vital re-centring of the body’, the affective turn offers a profound critique of the limitations of discursive, linguistic and textual modes of analysis (Gregg and Seigworth, 2010: 9; see Pedwell and Whitehead, 2012). I propose that affect is an inherently relational term – it signifies emergent interactions of human and non- or more-than human actors which are productive of different kinds of sensation and becoming. Following Marianne Lilijeström and Susanna Paasonen, it is important that ‘rather than position considerations of materiality, affect and embodiment in opposition to textual analysis’, we investigate ‘their interrelations as intimate co-dependence’ (2010: 2). From this perspective, then, affect is not a thing, or a property, but rather a form of sensorial relationality - as well as an interpretive approach and critical field of study (Pedwell, 2012a, 2012b, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017a, 2017b).

Item Type: Internet publication
Uncontrolled keywords: Affect, emotion, empathy, transnational politics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Sociology
Depositing User: Carolyn Pedwell
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2019 07:19 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:35 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73118 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Pedwell, Carolyn: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4651-5766
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