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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.

Negotiating Affect: Discourse, Representation and Affective Meaning-Making
Negotiating affect: Discourse, representation and affective meaning-making

Lacan tells his audience that they must stop pursuing the affective as if it: ‘were a sort of colouration, a kind of ineffable quality which must be sought out in itself, independently of the eviscerated skin which the purely intellectual realization of a subject's relationship should consist in. This conception, which urges analysis down strange paths, is puerile … The affective is not like a special density which would escape an intellectual accounting.’ (Seigworth, 2005, p. 161, citing Lacan, 1988, p. 57)

ASB: … I think theories of the inadequacy of language are irritating. It seems to me that language can do so much and so much more than people have ever done ...

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