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Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy

Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy

by C. Pedwell

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Exploring the ambivalent grammar of empathy where questions of geo-politics and social justice are at stake - in popular science, international development, postcolonial fiction, feminist and queer theory - this book addresses the critical implications of empathy's uneven effects. It offers a vital transnational perspective on the 'turn to affect'.

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ISBN-13: 9781349446100
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Series: Thinking Gender in Transnational Times
Edition description: 1st ed. 2014
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Carolyn Pedwell is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University, UK. She is author of Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice: The Rhetorics of Comparison and co-editor of 'Affecting Feminism: Questions of Feeling in Feminist Theory', a special issue of Feminist Theory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Empathy, Emotional Politics and Transnationality 1. Economies of Empathy: Obama, Neoliberalism and Social Justice 2. Affective (Self-) Transformations: Empathy, Social Theory and International Development 3. Affect at the Margins: Alternative Empathies in A Small Place 4. Affective Translation: Empathy and The Memory of Love 5. Circuits of Feeling in The Age of Empathy Conclusions: Empathy and its Afterlives

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"While the book deals broadly with affect, the focus on empathy breaks through the prevailing paralysis created by trying to micro-manage the distinctions between affect, emotion and feeling. Instead Pedwell provides a refreshingly clear account of the many ways in which 'the turn to affect' has irrupted across numerous disciplines with unexpected consequences. Affective Relations gives a much-needed critical evaluation of the contexts within which empathy/emotion/affect function. For example, cultivating empathy holds no guarantees for achieving the moral high ground and is always predicated on how one is located. Pedwell crucially reminds us that translating across affective categories is always embedded in specific societal and cultural meaning systems that include neo-colonial enterprises in the development field where identifying with the emotional lives of marginalised others often translates into new models of appropriation and reification." - Sneja Gunew, University of British Columbia, Canada

"This book achieves a difficult task: it questions how empathy is assumed as a political as well as affective resolution without giving up on the promise of empathy. Characterised by generous (even empathetic) reading practices throughout, Affective Relations explores how empathy is translated and activated in transnational domains. By not assuming that empathy begins or ends with human subjects, this book succeeds in opening empathy up by opening empathy out. It offers a careful and thoughtful exploration of empathy as an embodied relation, one that confronts as well as connects, and will be a very welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature on affect and emotion." - Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

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