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Vacillations of Affect: How to Reclaim ‘Affect’ for a Feminist-Materialist Critique of Capitalist Social Relations?

Bromberg, Svenja. 2015. Vacillations of Affect: How to Reclaim ‘Affect’ for a Feminist-Materialist Critique of Capitalist Social Relations? Graduate Journal of Social Science, 11(1), pp. 93-119. ISSN 1572-3763 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

In this paper, I elaborate on the value of the notion of affect and the related concept of affective labour for a feminist-materialist critique. The core argument is that an affective conception of the relationship between subject and structure would allow for a constructive intervention into the definition of ‘materialism’ that builds the ground for any critical social theory, but remains unfinished in the Marxist tradition. For that purpose, it will however be necessary to develop the concept of affect beyond the common, decidedly a-political interpretations that are part of the New Materialist Feminism, as well as beyond the overly em- phatic connotations that the post-Workerist tradition has attached to it with regards to its immeasurable characteristic that might allow for the creation a non- capitalist future from within our present.

Item Type:

Article

Keywords:

Affective labour, materialist feminism, subjectivity, measure, Post-Marxism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
February 2015Published

Item ID:

25798

Date Deposited:

13 Feb 2019 12:04

Last Modified:

13 Feb 2019 12:04

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/25798

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