1st Edition

Affective Societies Key Concepts

Edited By Jan Slaby, Christian von Scheve Copyright 2019
    384 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    384 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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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    Notes on contributors


    Funding note

    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



    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.