From paradox to pattern shift: Conceptualising liminal hotspots and their affective dynamics

Greco, Monica and Stenner, Paul. 2017. From paradox to pattern shift: Conceptualising liminal hotspots and their affective dynamics. Theory & Psychology, 27(2), pp. 147-166. ISSN 0959-3543 [Article]

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This paper introduces the concept of liminal hotspots as a specifically psychosocial and sociopsychological type of wicked problem, best addressed in a process-theoretical framework. A liminal hotspot is defined as an occasion characterised by the experience of being trapped in the interstitial dimension between different forms-of-process. The paper has two main aims. First, to articulate a nexus of concepts associated with liminal hotspots that together provide general analytic purchase on a wide range of problems concerning ‘troubled’ becoming. Second, to provide concrete illustrations through examples drawn from the health domain. In the conclusion, we briefly indicate the sense in which liminal hotspots are part of broader and deeper historical processes associated with changing modes for the management and navigation of liminality.

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affect, liminality, psychosomatics, transition, wicked problems

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Sociology > Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP) [2016-]


17 January 2017Accepted
5 April 2017Published Online
1 April 2017Published

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09 Mar 2017 10:19

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10 Mar 2021 16:24

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