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Affective Societies
Key Concepts

ISBN 9781138488861
Published January 2, 2019 by Routledge
384 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Affect and emotion have come to dominate discourse on social and political life in the mobile and networked societies of the early 21st century.

This volume introduces a unique collection of essential concepts for theorizing and empirically investigating societies as Affective Societies. The concepts promote insights into the affective foundations of social coexistence and are indispensable to comprehend the many areas of conflict linked to emotion such as migration, political populism, or local and global inequalities. Adhering to an instructive narrative, Affective Societies provides historical orientation; detailed explication of the concept in question, clear-cut research examples, and an outlook at the end of each chapter.

Presenting interdisciplinary research from scholars within the Collaborative Research Center "Affective Societies," this insightful monograph will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as affect and emotion, anthropology, cultural studies, and media studies.

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1 Introduction: Affective Societies – Key Concepts – Jan Slaby, Christian von Scheve

I. Affect and Emotion: Charting the Landscape

2 Affect – Jan Slaby, Rainer Mühlhoff

3 Emotion, emotion concept – Christian von Scheve, Jan Slaby

4 Feeling – Gerhard Thonhauser

5 Gefühlsbildung (The formation of feeling) – Birgitt Röttger-Rössler

6 Attachment – Gabriel Scheidecker

7 Atmosphere – Friedlind Riedel

8 Sentiment – Jonas Bens, Olaf Zenker

II. Elaborating Affect

9 Affective arrangement – Jan Slaby

10 Affective disposition – Rainer Mühlhoff

11 Affective practice – Basil Wiesse

12 Affective economy – Hauke Lehmann, Hans Roth, Kerstin Schankweiler

13 Affects of racialization – Tamar Blickstein

14 Affective witnessing – Michael Richardson, Kerstin Schankweiler

15 Writing affect – Anne Fleig

III. Resonances and Repertoires

16 Affective resonance – Rainer Mühlhoff

17 (P)Reenactment – Adam Czirak, Sophie Nikoleit, Friederike Oberkrome, Verena Straub, Robert Walter-Jochum, Michael Wetzels

18 Poetcis of affect – Hermann Kappelhoff, Hauke Lehmann

19 Pathosformel (pathos formula) – Kerstin Schankweiler, Philipp Wüschner

20 Immersion, immersive power – Rainer Mühlhoff, Theresa Schütz

21 Emotion repertoires – Anita von Poser, Edda Heyken, Thi Minh Tam Ta, Eric Hahn

22 Audience emotions – Doris Kolesch, Hubert Knoblauch

IV. Collectives and Contestations

23 Social Collectives – Christian von Scheve

24 Midān moments – Bilgin Ayata, Cilja Harders

25 Affective communities – Veronika Zink

26 Belonging – Dominik Mattes, Omar Kasmani, Marion Acker, Edda Heyken

27 Orders of feeling – Thomas Stodulka

28 Affective publics – Margreth Lünenborg

29 Affective citizenship – Bilgin Ayata

30 Political affect – Jan Slaby, Jonas Bens


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

Christian von Scheve is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.