The Affect Theory Reader

By Gregory J. Seigworth

This field-defining assortment consolidates and builds momentum within the burgeoning zone of impact experiences. The members contain the various critical theorists of affect—those visceral forces underneath, along, or commonly other than unsleeping figuring out which can serve to force us towards flow, idea, and ever-changing varieties of relation. As Lauren Berlant explores “cruel optimism,” Brian Massumi theorizes the affective good judgment of public risk, and Elspeth Probyn examines disgrace, they, besides the opposite members, convey how an information of have an effect on is starting up intriguing new insights in disciplines from anthropology, cultural reviews, geography, and psychology to philosophy, queer reports, and sociology. In essays different in subject material, sort, and standpoint, the individuals display how have an effect on idea illuminates the intertwined geographical regions of the classy, the moral, and the political as they play out throughout our bodies (human and non-human) in either mundane and impressive methods. They demonstrate the vast theoretical percentages opened by way of an know-how of impact as they examine issues together with ethics, foodstuff, public morale, glamor, snark within the place of work, and psychological overall healthiness regimes. The impact conception Reader contains an interview with the cultural theorist Lawrence Grossberg and an afterword by way of the anthropologist Kathleen Stewart. within the advent, the editors recommend methods of defining have an effect on, hint the concept’s background, and spotlight the function of impact concept in quite a few components of study.

Contributors
Sara Ahmed
Ben Anderson
Lauren Berlant
Lone Bertelsen
Steven D. Brown
Patricia Ticineto Clough
Anna Gibbs
Melissa Gregg
Lawrence Grossberg
Ben Highmore
Brian Massumi
Andrew Murphie
Elspeth Probyn
Gregory J. Seigworth
Kathleen Stewart
Nigel Thrift
Ian Tucker
Megan Watkins

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