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In recent years there has been a surge of interest in affect and emotion. Scholars want to discover how people are moved, and understand embodied social action, feelings and passions. How do social formations 'grab' people? How do roller coasters of contempt, patriotism, hate and euphoria power public life? This book systematically reviews research on affect and emotion in neuroscience, social psychology, sociology, and political science. It develops a critique of the 'turn to affect' and argues for an approach based on affective practice. It provides new analyses to explain how affect travels, settles, circulates and coalesces.

Introducing Affect: Lines of Argument
Introducing affect: Lines of argument

Affect (1)


  • to act upon or influence, esp in an adverse way damp affected the spark plugs
  • to move or disturb emotionally or mentally her death affected him greatly
  • (Medicine) (of pain, disease, etc.) to attack


(Psychology) Psychol the emotion associated with an idea or set of ideas. See also affection

[from Latin affectus, past participle of afficere to act upon, from ad- to + facere to do]

Affect (2)

vb (mainly tr)

  • to put on an appearance or show of; make a pretence of to affect ignorance
  • to imitate or assume, esp pretentiously to affect an accent
  • to have or use by preference she always affects funereal clothing
  • to adopt the character, manner, etc., of he was always affecting ...
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