The Cultural Politics of Emotion / Edition 1

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Overview

Praise for the first edition

"Ahmed's work contributes to cultural studies and rhetorical theory by elaborating a process through which we can approach everyday emotional practices as rich and complex sites interwoven in struggles for social change."—Rachel C. Riedner, JAC

What do emotions do? How do emotions move us or get us stuck? In developing a theory of the cultural politics of emotion, Sara Ahmed focuses on the relationship between emotions, language, and bodies. She shows how emotions are named in speech acts, as well as how they involve sensations that can be felt not only emotionally, but physically. A new methodology for reading 'the emotionality of texts' is offered as are analyses of the role of emotions in debates on international terrorism, asylum and migration, and reconciliation and reparation. Attending to the intersections between race, gender, and sexuality, The Cultural Politics of Emotion is in dialogue with key trends in gender studies and cultural studies, the psychology and sociology of emotions, and phenomenology and psychoanalysis. It takes as its point of entry different emotions — pain, hate, fear, disgust, shame, and love — and reflects on the role of emotions in feminist and queer politics.

In a special afterword to this tenth anniversary edition, Ahmed explains to readers how this classic book relates to other key works in the emergent field of affect studies and also reflects on the way the book has been part of her own intellectual trajectory.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415972550
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/18/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 715,167
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Ahmed is Reader in Women's Studies at Lancaster University. She is associate editor of the International Journal of Cultural Studies and the author of Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : feel your way 1
1 The contingency of pain 20
2 The organisation of hate 42
3 The affective politics of fear 62
4 The performativity of disgust 82
5 Shame before others 101
6 In the name of love 122
7 Queer feelings 144
8 Feminist attachments 168
Conclusion : just emotions 191
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