The Cultural Politics of Emotion
By (author) Sara Ahmed
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Cultural Politics of Emotion by Sara Ahmed
Book DescriptionThis book examines how emotions are crucial to politics. Emotions work to define who we are as well as shape what we do. Sara Ahmed explores how emotions are lived and experienced through bodies, as well as how they are named in acts of speech. With reference to debates on international terrorism, asylum and migration, as well as reconciliation and reparation, she suggests that emotions circulate within public culture, as well as shape our encounters with others in everyday life. Ahmed considers how emotions keep us invested in relationships of power, and also shows how emotions might be crucial to feminist and queer politics of resistance. The Cultural Politics of Emotion is in dialogue with recent literature on emotions within gender studies, cultural studies, sociology, psychology and philosophy. Features: *Bold new take on the role of emotion in politics *Advances a theory of how emotions work - as part of our lived experience - and the affects they have in our lives *Topical case studies - e.g. global terrorism, refugees and asylum, Australian reconciliation *The author has built something of a reputation for confronting difficult issues
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748618460
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jul-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Sara Ahmed
Diverting the Flow, Hardback (August 2015)
South Asia's significant water resources are unevenly distributed, with about a fifth of the population lacking adequate access. By revealing the extent to which water access depends on power relations and politics, this book offers fresh perspectives on the relationship between gender equity and water issues in South Asia.
Cultural Politics of Emotion, Paperback (April 2014)
Emotions work to define who we are as well as shape what we do and this is no more powerfully at play than in the world of politics. The author considers how emotions keep us invested in relationships of power, and also shows how this use of emotion could be crucial to feminist and queer political movements.
On Being Included, Paperback (March 2012)
Argues that a commitment to diversity is frequently substituted for a commitment to actual change. This title traces the work that diversity does, examining how the term is used and the way it serves to make questions about racism seem impertinent.
Promise of Happiness, Paperback (April 2010)» View all books by Sara Ahmed
This provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy draws on the work of feminist, black, and queer critics showing how happiness is used to justify social oppression.
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Author Biography - Sara Ahmed
Sara Ahmed is Reader in Race, Ethnicity and Identity in the Media Department at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Her research interests are in feminist theory, critical race studies and postcolonial theory. Previous publications include Differences that Matter: Feminist Theory and Postmodernism (1998) and Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality (2000). She is an Associate Editor of International Journal of Cultural Studies and on the editorial boards of European Journal of Women's Studies, New Formations, borderlands and Culture, Theory and Critique.
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