How might we understand entanglements of the mind, brain, body and world? And how can we develop creative forms of experimentation to enact these entanglements?

In this unique contribution, Blackman focuses upon the affective capacities of bodies, human and non-human as well as addressing the challenges of the affective turn within social sciences. Fresh and convincing, this book uncovers the paradoxes and tensions in work in affect studies by focusing on practices and experiences, including voice hearing, suggestion, hypnosis, telepathy, the placebo effect, rhythm and related phenomena. Questioning the traditional idea of mind over matter, as well as discussing the danger of setting up a false distinction between the two, this book makes for an invaluable addition within cultural theory and the recent turn to affect.

In a powerful and engaging matter, Blackman discusses the immaterial body across the neurosciences, physiology, media and cultural studies, body-studies, artwork, performance, psychology and psychoanalysis. Interdisciplinary in its core, this book is a must for everyone seeking a dynamic and thought provoking analysis of culture and communication today.

The Crowd and the Problem of Personality

The crowd and the problem of personality

The Problem of the One and the Many: Crowd Psychology

In the summer of 2011 the United Kingdom experienced a contagious spate of rioting and looting which spread throughout London and then to other major cities, including Manchester and Birmingham. The commentary emerging from these events took form around a vocabulary which brings into play concepts of crowd or collective psychology. From mass hysteria to people power, images of burning buildings and young people looting were counterposed by images of people coming together with brooms and cups of tea. The latter images have come to symbolize the efforts of local people to ‘clean up’ the mess and destruction, and in so doing to ...

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