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Affect and Emotion in Multi-Religious Secular Societies

1st Edition

Edited by Christian von Scheve, Anna Lea Berg, Meike Haken, Nur Yasemin Ural


296 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780815354345
pub: 2019-10-31
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Emotions have moved center stage in many contemporary debates over religious diversity and multicultural recognition. As in other contested fields, emotions are often one-sidedly discussed as quintessentially subjective and individual phenomena, neglecting their social and cultural constitution. Moreover, emotionality in these debates is frequently attributed to the religious subject alone, disregarding the affective anatomy of the secular. This volume addresses these shortcomings, bringing into conversation a variety of disciplinary perspectives on religious and secular affect and emotion. The volume emphasizes two analytical perspectives: on the one hand, chapters take an inside perspective, focusing on subjective feelings and emotions in relation to the religious and the secular. On the other hand, chapters take an outside perspective, looking at the role of affect and emotion in how the religious and the secular constitute one another. These perspectives cut across the three main parts of the volume: the first one addressing historical intertwinements of religion and emotion, the second part emphasizing affects, emotions, and religiosity, and the third part looking at specific sensibilities of the secular. The thirteen chapters provide a well-balanced composition of theoretical, methodological, and empirical approaches to these areas of inquiry, discussing both historical and contemporary cases.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Affect and Emotion in Multi-Religious Secular Societies

Christian von Scheve, Anna Lea Berg, Meike Haken, Nur Yasemin Ural

Part I: Historical Intertwinements of Religion and Emotion

2. Feeling Empty: Religious and Secular Collaborations

John Corrigan

3. Emotion and the Popularization of Anti-Jewish Discourse in Early Modern Europe

Francois Soyer

4. Disclosing Affect and its Contribution to Violence

Stepahnie N. Arel

Part II: Affects, Emotions, and Religiosity

5. From Serene Certainty to the Paranoid Insecurity of Salvation. Remarks on Resentment in Current Muslim Culture

Levent Tezcan

6. The Practice of Vision: Sufi Aesthetics in Everyday Life

Meike Neufend

7. Religious Emotions in Christian Events

Meike Haken

8. On Conversion. Affecting Secular Bodies with the Self

Veronika Zink

9. The Metaphorics of Indescribable Feelings in Contemporary Christian Contexts

Regine Herbrik

Part III: Sensibilities of the Secular

10. Disembedded Religion and the Infinity of References

Monika Wohlrab-Sahr

11. Secular Sensibilities and Academic Practice

Birgitte Schepelern Johansen

12. The Secular Experiment: Science, Feeling, and Apocalypse

Donovan Schaefer

13. Feeling Freedom of Speech: Secular Affects in Public Debates after Charlie Hebdo

Anna Lea Berg, Nur Yasemin Ural

About the Editors

Christian von Scheve is Professor of Sociology at Freie Universität Berlin.

Anna Lea Berg is a Graduate Student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago.

Meike Haken is research associate of the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies working in a project on "Audience Emotions in Sports and Religion" at Technische Universität Berlin.

Nur Yasemin Ural is a Post-doctoral researcher at the Freie Universität Berlin.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Affective Societies

The Routledge Studies in Affective Societies book series presents high-level academic work on the social dimensions of human affectivity. It aims at shaping, consolidating and promoting a new understanding of societies as Affective Societies, accounting for the fundamental importance of affect and emotion for human coexistence in the mobile and networked worlds of the twenty-first century.

Series Editors:

Birgitt Röttger-Rössler is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Doris Kolesch is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Editorial Board:

Professor Jan Slaby, Professor Christian von Scheve, Professor Hubert Knoblauch, Dr. Kerstin Schankweiler, Dr. Katharina Metz

Routledge Editor:

Emily Briggs

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General