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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Inequality is an ever-present danger in our society. This important book addresses the crucial nexus between the lived experience of inequality and how it shapes political responses.
With contributors from the UK and Continental Europe, the book compiles case studies with theoretically informed discussions of the relationship between affective polarisation, social inequality and the fall-out from Brexit and COVID-19. Using a broad concept of social inequality, the book incorporates aspects of economy and society, language and emotion culture as well as interviews and film in historical and transnational perspective.
The contributors offer a powerful examination of the ways in which the politics of the UK and the lived experiences of its residents have been reframed in the first decades of the 21st century.
A normative critique of affective politics overlooks the ambiguity and situated nature of affects.
The ambivalences that characterise the emotional dynamics in political arenas should be embraced.
The affective practices in far-right politics challenge liberal feeling rules.
The power of affective practices contribute to legitimising the expression of far-right views in public realms.
In politics, it is common to frame emotions in negative terms as a manifestation of undesirable, irrational, illegitimate or even
In politics, it is common to frame emotions in negative terms as a manifestation of undesirable, irrational, illegitimate or even immature political conduct. The far right in particular has seemingly been perceived as an affective space that harnesses and amplifies a multiplicity of negative emotions. As part of a wider ‘affective turn’ ( Clough and Halley, 2007 ) in the study of politics, scholars and observers have increasingly engaged with emotional dynamics in political arenas. They have particularly characterised far-right politics by the
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
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
The relationship between affect and proactivity is established at the employee level of analysis. Individuals’ positive and negative moods have the potential to drive proactive problem prevention, voice behaviour, and taking charge due to information processing and motivational processes (Cangiano, Bindl, and Parker, 2017 ). In addition, the relationship between affect and proactivity can also operate at the team level of analysis through interpersonal mechanisms and social integration processes; however, theory and empirical research about how team affect
close to a celebrity. He reacts to his mistake without the slightest embarrassment, laughs at the irony of the situation and moves straight into pick-up mode: the social magic of immense symbolic capital. With exceedingly good looks and money to burn, the actor symbolizes access to all kinds of illusio that are desired in late capitalism. But, if we were to transfer the exchange in this scene to, say, a high school excursion to an art gallery, the social relations, and therefore the individuals’ capacity to affect and be affected, would be distinctly different. If a
on tricky issues around authenticity and false consciousness, for example. One alternative would be to imagine the commodity’s relations of exteriority as a more useful analytic (Müller and Schurr, 2016 ; Barua, 2017 ; Miller, 2018 ), one capable of understanding not only the affective and emotional connections that shape a consumer market but also how it relates to its broader surroundings and the consequences therein. Looked at in this way, commodities are much less determined than we might have assumed in some past interpretations of the spectacle.