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Analyzing Affective Societies
Methods and Methodologies

Edited By

Antje Kahl

ISBN 9781138388796
Published March 26, 2019 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

In recent years, research in the social sciences and cultural studies has increasingly paid attention to the generative power of emotions and affects; that is, to the questions of how far they shape social and cultural processes while being simultaneously shaped by them. However, the literature on the methodological implications of researching affects and emotions remains rather limited.

As a collective outcome of the Collaborative Research Center (CRC) Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, Analyzing Affective Societies introduces procedures and methodologies applied by researchers of the CRC for investigating societies as affective societies. Presenting scholarly research practices by means of concrete examples and case studies, the book does not contain any conclusive methodological advice, but rather engages in illustrative descriptions of the authors’ research practices.

Analyzing Affective Societies unveils different research approaches, procedures and practices of a variety of disciplines from the humanities, arts and social sciences. It will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Qualitative Research Methods, Emotions, Affect, Cultural Studies and Social Sciences.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors



  1. Antje Kahl: Introduction

  2. Jan Slaby, Rainer Mühlhoff, Philipp Wüschner: Concepts as Methodology–A Plea for Arrangement Thinking in the Study of Affect

  3. Part I. Textualities

  4. Anna L. Berg, Christian von Scheve, N. Yasemin Ural, Robert Walter-Jochum: Reading for Affect—A Methodological Proposal for Analyzing Affective Dynamics in Discourse

  5. Bilgin Ayata, Cilja Harders, Derya Özkaya, Dina Wahba: Interviews as Situated Affective Encounters—A Relational and Processual Approach for Empirical Research on Affect, Emotion and Politics

  6. Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Gabriel Scheidecker, Anh Thu Anne Lam: Narrating Visualized Feelings—Photovoice as a Tool in Researching Affects and Emotions among School Students

  7. Part II. Audio-Visualities

  8. Kerstin Schankweiler, Philipp Wüschner: Images that Move—Analyzing Affect with Aby Warburg

  9. Hermann Kappelhoff, Hauke Lehmann: The Temporal Composition of Affects in Audiovisual Media

  10. Margreth Lünenborg, Tanja Maier: Analyzing Affective Media Practices by the Use of Video Analysis

  11. Hubert Knoblauch, Michael Wetzels, Meike Haken: Videography of Emotions and Affectivity in Social Situations

  12. Part III. Performativities

  13. Ingrid Kummels, Thomas John: Investigating Affective Media Practices in a Transnational Setting

  14. Jonas Bens: The Ethnography of Affect in Discourse Practice—Performing Sentiment in the Time Machine

  15. Doris Kolesch, Matthias Warstat: Affective Dynamics in the Theatre: Towards a Relational and Poly-Perspectival Performance Analysis

  16. Anne Fleig: Shared and Divided Feelings in Translingual Texts of Emine Sevgi Özdamar—Performativity and Affective Relationality of Language, Writing and Belonging


    Part IV. Reflexivities

  18. Edda Heyken, Anita von Poser, Eric Hahn, Thi Main Huong Nguyen, Jörg-Christian Lanca, Thi Minh Tam Ta: Researching Affects in the Clinic and Beyond—Multi-perspectivity, Ethnography, and Mental Health-Care Intervention

  19. Dominik Mattes, Omar Kasmani, Hansjörg Dilger: ‘All Eyes Closed’—Dis/sensing in Comparative Fieldwork on Affective-Religious Experiences

  20. Thomas Stodulka, Samia Dinkelaker, Ferdiansyah Thajib: Fieldwork, Ethnography, and the Empirical Affect Montage

  21. Elgen Sauerborn: Investigating Emotions by Using Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software—A Methodological Approach

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Antje Kahl is a postdoctoral researcher in Sociology currently heading the method lab at the CRC Affective Societies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.