Affective Economies

Ahmed, Sara. 2004. Affective Economies. Social Text, 22(2), pp. 117-139. ISSN 0164-2472 [Article]

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How do emotions work to align some subjects with some others and against other others? How do emotions move between bodies? In this essay, I argue that emotions play a crucial role in the "surfacing" of individual and collective bodies through the way in which emotions circulate between bodies and signs. Such an argument clearly challenges any assumption that emotions are a private matter, that they simply belong to individuals, or even that they come from within and then move outward toward others. It suggests that emotions are not simply "within" or "without" but that they create the very effect of the surfaces or boundaries of bodies and worlds.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies



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06 Oct 2015 10:41

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22 Apr 2016 16:39

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