J-DC Dewsbury

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This article outlines the burgeoning and problematic uptake of the concept of affect in human geography. It is set out in two parts. The first section acts as a broad introduction to the ontological claims pertaining to affect and the epistemological problems that come in their wake. It pitches this between the academic concerns prevalent to a geographer's art in writing the world, the philosophical disturbances that affect makes upon this enterprise, and the resultant reconfigurations of the actual understandings that can be made of the everyday world through affect. The second section is divided into four parts, identifying four modes of thinking affect all of which solicit different ontological and epistemological positions. These are thinking affect as phenomenon, as force, as a theory, and as expressed. In each of these modes suggested key geographers are presented as making exemplary interventions in these subfields of affective understanding. The article then concludes by pointing toward the growing ways in which attention upon affect has raised within human geography a new set of political questions.
Translated title of the contributionAffect
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Human Geography
EditorsRob Kitchin, Nigel Thrift
Pages20 - 24
Number of pages4
VolumeSocial and Cultural Geography
ISBN (Print)9780449104
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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