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Affect in Relation

Families, Places, Technologies, 1st Edition

Edited by Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Jan Slaby


290 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Decades of research on affect and emotion have brought out the paramount importance of affective processes for human lives.

Affect in Relation brings together perspectives from social science and cultural studies to analyze the formative, subject constituting potentials of affect and emotion. Relational affect is understood not as individual mental states, but as social-relational processes that are both formative and transformative of human subjects.

This volume explores relational affect through a combination of interdisciplinary case studies within four key contexts:

  • Part I: “Affective Families” deals with the affective dynamics in transnational families who are scattered across several regions and nations.
  • Part II: “Affect and Place” brings together work on affective place-making in the contexts of migration and in political movements.
  • Part III: “Affect at Work” analyzes the affective dimension of contemporary white-collar workplaces.
  • Part IV: “Affect and Media” focuses on the role of media in the formation and mobilization of relational affect.

In its transdisciplinary spirit, analytical rigor and focus on timely and salient global matters, Affect in Relation consolidates the field of affect studies and opens up new avenues for scholarly and practical co-operation. It will appeal to both students and postdoctoral researchers interested in fields such as anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, media studies and human development.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Affect in Relation – Jan Slaby & Birgitt Röttger-Rössler
  2. PART I – Affective Families

  3. Ageing Kin, Proximity and Distance: Translocal Relatedness as Affective Practice and Movement – Maruška Svašek
  4. Education Sentimentale in Migrant Students’ University Trajectories: Family, and other Significant Relations – Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka
  5. Germans with Parents from Vietnam: The Affective Dimensions of Parent–Child Relations in Vietnamese Berlin – Birgitt Röttger-Rössler & Anh Thu Anne Lam
  6. PART II – Affect and Place

  7. Spatialities of Belonging: Affective Place-Making among Diasporic Neo-Pentecostal and Sufi Groups in Berlin's Cityscape – Hansjörg Dilger, Omar Kasmani, & Dominik Mattes
  8. "Midan Moments": Conceptualizing Space, Affect and Political Participation on Occupied Squares – Bilgin Ayata & Cilja Harders
  9. Muslim Domesticities: Home Invasions and Affective Identification – Gilbert Caluya
  10. PART III – Affect at Work

  11. Immersion at Work: Affect and Power in Post-Fordist Work Cultures – Rainer Mühlhoff & Jan Slaby
  12. Managing Community: Coworking, Hospitality and the Future of Work – Melissa Gregg & Thomas Lodato
  13. Automation and Affect: A Study of Algorithmic Trading – Robert Seyfert
  14. PART IV – Affect and Media

  15. Affect and Mediation – Lisa Blackman
  16. Intensive Bondage – Marie-Luise Angerer
  17. Beyond Turkish-German Cinema: Affective Experience and Generic Relationality – Nazlı Kilerci & Hauke Lehmann

About the Editors

Birgitt Röttger-Rössler is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Director of the Collaborative Research Center Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

Jan Slaby is Professor of Philosophy at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

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  [email protected]

Doris Kolesch is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany  [email protected]

Editorial Board:

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

Routledge Editor:

Emily Briggs  [email protected]

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Subject Categories

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