• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Circulating Affect: Waves of Feeling, Contagion and Affective Transmission
Circulating affect: Waves of feeling, contagion and affective transmission

[A]ffective transmission is never simply something one ‘catches’ but rather a process that one is ‘caught up’ in. Its complexity is revealed through the linkages and connections of the body to other practices, techniques, bodies (human and non-human), energies, judgements, inscriptions and so forth that are relationally embodied. Happiness is never therefore singular (a property of the individual), or a contagious force which you might catch in a particular spatial and temporal location. This problem of communication is revealed by attempts to produce happiness, which either reify emotionality as a set of practices of the self or are directed to moments of happiness which just seem to arrive. ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles