The Politics of Affective Societies

An Interdisciplinary Essay

Many claim that political deliberation has become exceedingly affective, and hence, destabilizing. The authors of this book revisit that assumption. While recognizing that significant changes are occurring, these authors also point out the limitations of turning to contemporary democratic theory to understand and unpack these shifts. They propose, instead, to reframe this debate by deploying the analytic framework of affective societies, which highlights how affect and emotion are present in all aspects of the social. What changes over time and place are the modes and calibrations of affective and emotional registers. With this line of thinking, the authors are able to gesture towards a new outline of the political.

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24 September 2019, 128 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8376-4762-4

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Thomas John

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Antje Kahl

Antje Kahl, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Hauke Lehmann

Hauke Lehmann, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Matthias Lüthjohann

Matthias Lüthjohann, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Friederike Oberkrome

Friederike Oberkrome, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Hans Roth

Hans Roth, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Gabriel Scheidecker

Gabriel Scheidecker, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Gerhard Thonhauser

Gerhard Thonhauser, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Deutschland

Nur Yasemin Ural

Nur Yasemin Ural, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Dina Wahba

Dina Wahba, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

Robert Walter-Jochum

Robert Walter-Jochum, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

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M. Ragip Zik, Freie Universität Berlin, Deutschland

1. Why did You chose this topic?

Right now, many people believe that politics is more emotional than ever. This claim has interested us as well working at the interdisciplinary research center ›Affective Societies‹ (DFG-SFB 1171). Coming from a broad spectrum of disciplines and approaches, we wanted to address a common question: what is the role of affect and emotion in politics?

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

We join the debate by pointing out two things:

1. Affect and emotion have always been constitutive for the political organization of social co-existence.

2. The question is therefore: How do affect and emotion modulate political life? The book assembles case studies that examine the workings of affect and emotion, both in obvious contexts and in unexpected places.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

Current debates focus on how social media, the rise of populism, and global phenomena like climate change are transforming what we call political discourse. We provide not only the theoretical groundwork but above all the analytical tools for describing the conditions that make these transformations possible in the first place.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

We are thirteen authors from seven disciplines. The highest approval rate in our secret internal poll had: Karl Marx (87.3%).

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

Politics is inevitably affective and this book shows how affective dynamics open political spaces, structure them in ambiguous and conflictual fashions, and close them by channeling political action.

Book title
The Politics of Affective Societies An Interdisciplinary Essay
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 25 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC022000 SOC002010
Release date
24 September 2019
Kultur, Politik
Anthropology, Sociology, Theatre Studies, Philosophy, Literary Studies, Film Studies, Political Science
Politics, Affect, Emotion, Culture, Cultural Theory, Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies

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