Trends in the Turn to Affect: A Social Psychological Critique

Show simple item record Wetherell, Margaret en 2014-10-03T04:28:43Z en 2015 en
dc.identifier.citation Body and Society 21(2):139-166 2015 en
dc.identifier.issn 1357-034X en
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dc.description.abstract This article explores the psychological logics underpinning key perspectives in the ‘turn to affect’. Research on affect raises questions about the categorization of affective states, affective meaning-making, and the processes involved in the transmission of affect. I argue that current approaches risk depopulating affecting scenes, mystifying affective contagion, and authorizing questionable psychobiological arguments. I engage with the work of Sedgwick and Frank, Thrift, and Ahmed to explore these points and suggest that the concept of affective practice offers a more promising social psychological grounding. Notions of affective practice are more commensurate with trends in contemporary psychobiology, explain the limits on affective contagion, and emphasize relationality and negotiation, attentive to the flow of affecting episodes. A practice approach positions affect as a dynamic process, emergent from a polyphony of intersections and feedbacks, working across body states, registrations and categorizations, entangled with cultural meaning-making, and integrated with material and natural processes, social situations and social relationships. en
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dc.title Trends in the Turn to Affect: A Social Psychological Critique en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1357034X14539020 en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 139 en
pubs.volume 21 en
pubs.end-page 166 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 455508 en Science en Psychology en
dc.identifier.eissn 1460-3632 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-09-02 en

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