1st Edition

Affect in Relation Families, Places, Technologies

Edited By Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Jan Slaby Copyright 2018
    306 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.