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The Evolution of Affect Theory
The Humanities, the Sciences, and the Study of Power

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Part of Elements in Histories of Emotions and the Senses

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108732116

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  • Across the humanities, a set of interrelated concepts - excess, becoming, the event - have gained purchase as analytical tools for thinking about power. Some versions of affect theory rely on Gilles Deleuze's concept of 'becoming', proposing that affect is best understood as a field of dynamic novelty. Reconsidering affect theory's relationship with life sciences, Schaefer argues that this procedure fails as a register of the analytics of power. By way of a case study, this work concludes with a return to the work of Saba Mahmood, in particular her 2005 study of the women's mosque movement in Cairo, Politics of Piety.

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    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108732116
    • length: 75 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.13kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: music without words
    1. The Deleuzian dialect of affect theory
    2. Unbecoming: criticisms of the Deleuzian dialect
    3. The animality of affect
    4. Economies of dignity: reconsidering the mosque movement
    Conclusion: the entertainment.

  • Author

    Donovan O. Schaefer, University of Pennsylvania

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