Steven Threadgold’s study represents the first comprehensive engagement of Pierre Bourdieu’s influential sociology with affect theory.
With empirical research and examples from sociology, it develops a theory of “Affective Affinities,” deepening our understanding of how everyday moments contribute to the construction and remaking of social class and aspects of inequalities. It identifies new ways to consider the strengths and weaknesses of Bourdieusian principles and their interaction with new developments in social theory.
This is a stimulating read for students, researchers and academics across studies in youth, education, labour markets, pop culture, media, consumption and taste.
Drawing on affect theory and research on academic capitalism, this book examines the contemporary crisis of universities. Moving through 11 international and comparative case studies, it explores diverse features of contemporary academic life, from the coloniality of academic capitalism to performance management and the experience of being performance-managed.
Affect has emerged as a major analytical lens of social research. However, it is rarely applied to universities and their marketisation. Offering a unique exploration of the contemporary role of affect in academic labour and the organisation of scholarship, this book considers modes of subjectivation, professional and personal relationships and organisational structures and their affective charges.
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affective ( Clough and Halley, 2007 ; Lemmings and Brooks, 2014 ), the practical ( Schatzki et al, 2001 ), the relational ( Prandini, 2015 ; Pyyhtinen, 2016 ) and, partially, the spatial and material ( Griswold et al, 2013 ; Low, 2016 ) turns draw on largely different scholarship, and apply themselves to multiple facets of reality; however, they have compatible, if not overlapping assumptions and aims, namely: a) the increased attention to the materiality of the social world, but also b) the embodied and affective human condition, c) the understanding of meaning
Introduction This chapter aims to explore the affective dynamics of contemporary academic capitalism that academia has gone through in neoliberal and market-oriented times. After the introduction – more than 25 years ago – of the term ‘academic capitalism’ by Sheila Slaughter and Larry L. Leslie (1997) , it is now widely used to understand the global reach of changes connected to processes of alliances between university, industry and government in higher education and research policies ( Etzkowitz, 2016 ; Holmwood, 2016 ). We follow the definition of
Introduction ‘Lack of time’ is perhaps one of the most persistent expressions of anxiety in academic work today ( Crang, 2007 ; Gill, 2014 ; Vostal, 2016 ). It is an affective illustration of a dog chasing its tail; no matter how hard we push, we rarely ‘get things done’ ( Allen, 2001 ; see also Gill, 2010 ; Gregg, 2016 , 2018 ). The relentless pondering over whether we did enough is, on the one hand, brought about and catalysed by the precarious employment settings and fierce competition within contemporary academia ( Gill, 2014 , 2017 ; Brunila and
stakeholders are incompetent at making decisions, and fails to acknowledge the relational and affective basis of evidence-based health and education programmes. Community-based collaboration rejects and replaces each of these premises; it restores community control, recognises community stakeholders’ passionate investment in decisions about care, and leverages the power of collaboration to promote uniquely useful forms of collective intelligence and creative problem solving. In short, community-based collaboration rests on a simple but powerful principle: caring with
Previous research has mainly focused on how positive activated affective states such as work engagement, enthusiasm, and vigour can promote proactive behaviour at work. By combining the theoretical approaches of affective events theory (Weiss and Cropanzano, 1996 ) and motivation for proactive behaviour (Parker, Bindl, and Strauss, 2010 ), we broaden this perspective, and discuss additional mechanisms on how affective events can be linked to proactive behaviour via several affective states. In the following, we first provide a short overview of affective
of conflict and inequalities, research on emotion provides an important lens ( Ahmed, 2004 ; Zembylas, 2015 ). From a culture-analysis perspective, emotions are identity-embedded mental bodily practices, socially learned and enacted ( Burkitt, 1999 ; Crossley, 2001 ; Sela-Sheffy and Leshem, 2016 ), which, connecting between personal and collective dispositions, serve as pivotal forces shaping social encounters. In cultural studies, the emotion-identity nexus has been addressed by the notion of affect, in the sense of tacit, non-conscious intensities permeating
individual and contextual predictors of proactive behaviour, including personality, beliefs, and affect, as well as job design and leader behaviour (for reviews, see Bindl and Parker, 2011 ; Parker and Bindl, 2017 ). With regard to affect, it is now well-established that high-activated positive affect predicts proactive behaviour, including employees’ proactive goal-setting, planning, goal implementation, and feedback-seeking (Bindl and Parker, 2012 ), as well as voice behaviour (that is, speaking up in teams; Wang et al, 2019 ). In terms of the motivational
This article plumbs the sounds of knowing, and not knowing, what is to be done. I search out these sounds as they percolate through various US political discourses, paying particular attention to the affective charge that attaches to knowing what is to be done, or not, that is, to the affects that are produced in, through and around knowingness and unknowingness. 1 In the shadow of pronouncements by all manner of those who know what is to be done – from conservative, moderate and liberal establishmentarians invested in existing power relations to armchair