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Affective Relations

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"Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy explores the power dynamics underlying the contemporary affective injunction to 'be empathetic', and their complex social and geopolitical implications. Through analysis of a range of popular and scholarly sites and texts - including Obama's speeches and memoirs, best-selling business books, international development literatures, popular science tracts, postcolonial literature and feminist, anti-racist and queer theory - this book investigates the possibilities, risks and contradictions of figuring empathy as an affective tool for engendering transnational social justice. Opening up new ways of thinking and feeling empathetic politics beyond universalist calls to 'put oneself in the others' shoes', it examines empathy's dynamic links to processes of location, translation, imagination and attunement. Affective Relations is interested in how empathy might be translated differently - how dominant liberal, neoliberal and neocolonial visions and practices of empathy can be reinterpreted in the context of transnationality to activate alternative affective connections, solidarities and potentialities"--


Carolyn Pedwell


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'.


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


Titel: Affective Relations
Untertitel: The Transnational Politics of Empathy
EAN: 9781137275257
ISBN: 978-1-137-27525-7
Format: Fester Einband
Genre: Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften
Anzahl Seiten: 258
Gewicht: 450g
Größe: H20mm x B225mm x T148mm
Jahr: 2014
Auflage: 2014
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