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1st Edition

Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships

ISBN 9781138092747
Published June 18, 2018 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

Raising to the challenge of how to grasp such forms of inequalities that are mediated affectively, Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships focuses on subtle inequalities that are shaped in everyday affective encounters. It also seeks to bridge a gap between affect theory and empirical social research by providing ideas and inspiration of how to work with affect in research practice.

Presenting cutting-edge empirical studies on affect and intimate relationships, the collection

- introduces alternative and novel ways of conceptualizing the workings of affect in intimate relationships

- provides tools for tackling the subtle ways in which affectivity connects with power relations in intimate relations

- develops innovative methodologies that provide better access to affect as an embodied experience

A fascinating contribution to the interdisciplinary field of affect studies, Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships will appeal to advanced undergraduates and postgraduates interested in fields such as gender studies, queer studies and cultural studies.

Table of Contents



  1. Marjo Kolehmainen and Tuula Juvonen: Introduction: Thinking with and Through Affective Inequalities

Part one: Affective capacities in embodied encounters

  1. Katie Anderson, Paula Reavey and Zoë Boden: An affective (re)balancing act? The liminal possibilities for heterosexual partners on MDMA
  2. Antti Malinen: Boundless Care: Religious Farm Women and Their Emotional Practices in Post-World War II Finland
  3. Annukka Lahti: Listening to Old Tapes: Affective Intensities and Gendered Power in Bisexual Women’s and Ex-Partners’ Relationship Assemblages
  4. Marjo Kolehmainen: Mapping Affective Capacities: Gender and Sexuality in Relationship and Sex Counselling Practices
  5. Part two: Affective transitions throughout intimate lives

  6. Tuula Juvonen: Yet Another Lesbian Breakup? Understanding Intimate Relationship Dynamics Through Affective Resonance
  7. Liina Sointu: Slipping into ‘That Nurse’s Dress’: Caring as Affective Practice in Mixed-Sex Couples’ Relationships
  8. Nina Lykke: When Death Cuts Apart: On Affective Difference, Compassionate Companionship and Lesbian Widowhood
  9. Part three: Affective negotiations between partners

  10. Raisa Jurva: Independence and Vulnerability: Affective Orientations in Imagining Futurities for Heterosexual Relationships
  11. Olga Sabido-Ramos and Adriana García-Andrade: In the Name of Love: A Relational Approach to Young People’s Relationships in Urban Mexico
  12. Polona Curk: Affective Dissonances: Resources to Disrupt Gender Binaries?
  13. Part four: Affective intimacies beyond couples

  14. Katja Chmilewski and Katharina Hajek: Mobilizing Affects About Intimate Relationships: Emotional Pedagogy Among the New Right in Germany
  15. Verónica Policarpo: The Power(s) of Friendship: Affects and Inequalities Between Friends
  16. Julia Katila: Touch Between Child and Mother as an Affective Practice: (Re)Producing Bodies in Haptic Negotiations of Intimate Space
  17. Bessie P. Dernikos: Reviving Ghostly Bodies: Student-Teacher Intimacies as Affective Hauntings

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Tuula Juvonen is a Collegium Researcher at the University of Turku, Finland

Marjo Kolehmainen is a postdoctoral fellow at University of Tampere, Finland