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Affect

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By: Paul Simpson & Julian Brigstocke | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2019 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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Whether discussed in terms of joy, sadness, disgust, shame, envy, fear, love, and hope, or in terms of accelerated heart rates, goosebumps, dilated pupils, and muscular tension, affect has emerged since the turn of the 21st century as a key concern across the social sciences and humanities. Across this work, affect has been understood in a range of ways depending on disciplinary context and/or theoretical proclivity (Seigworth & Gregg, 2010; Thrift, 2008). For example, drawing on the writings of Gilles Deleuze, affect has been understood to refer to the processes of transition one body goes through when encountering another and the implications such encounters have for a body’s capacity to act (see Anderson, 2014). Further, drawing on the work of Charles Darwin and Silvan Tomkins, ...

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