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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.

Situating Affect: Interaction, Accountability and the Present Moment
Situating affect: Interaction, accountability and the present moment

I will call this process a shared feeling voyage. This term keeps the temporal aspect in the forefront and feeling at the center. It is a kind of journey, lasting seconds, taken by two people, roughly together through time and space. During a shared feeling voyage (which is the moment of meeting), two people traverse together a feeling-landscape as it unfolds in real time. Recall that the present moment can be a rich, emotional lived story. During this several-second journey, the participants ride the crest of the present instant as it crosses the span of the present moment, from the horizon of the past to its horizon of the future. ...

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