The first book of its kind, Sociology and the New Materialism explores the many and varied applications of “new materialism,” a key emerging trend in 21st century thought, to the practice of doing sociology. Offering a clear exposition of new materialist theory and using sociological examples throughout to enable the reader to develop a materialist sociological understanding, the book:  • Outlines the fundamental precepts of new materialism  • Explores how materialism provides new perspectives on the range of sociological topic areas  • Explains how materialist approaches can be used to research sociological issues and also to engage with social issues. Sociology and the New Materialism is a clear and authoritative one-stop guide for advanced undergraduates and postgraduates in sociology, cultural studies, social policy and related disciplines.

Emotions Embodiment, Continuity and Change

Emotions: Embodiment, Continuity and Change

Introduction

In the previous chapters we examined two aspects of social life that have often been treated in the social sciences as individual attributes of humans: their creativity and their sexuality. In both cases, we have shown how a materialist assessment provides an alternative reading, in which the relationality of these phenomena is revealed. This analysis has led us to radically re-think creativity and sexuality, addressing the former in terms of the capacities of creative products to produce lines of flight, and the latter as part of an affective flow between bodies and the environment productive of particular bodily intensifications. We now want to turn to another topic that is often conceptualized as personal and ‘internal’ ...

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