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Thinking Gender in Transnational Times

Affective Relations

The Transnational Politics of Empathy

Authors: Pedwell, C.

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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'.

About the authors

Carolyn Pedwell is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Newcastle University, UK. She is author of Feminism, Culture and Embodied Practice: The Rhetorics of Comparison and co-editor of 'Affecting Feminism: Questions of Feeling in Feminist Theory', a special issue of Feminist Theory.

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"While the book deals broadly with affect, the focus on empathy breaks through the prevailing paralysis created by trying to micro-manage the distinctions between affect, emotion and feeling. Instead Pedwell provides a refreshingly clear account of the many ways in which 'the turn to affect' has irrupted across numerous disciplines with unexpected consequences. Affective Relations gives a much-needed critical evaluation of the contexts within which empathy/emotion/affect function. For example, cultivating empathy holds no guarantees for achieving the moral high ground and is always predicated on how one is located. Pedwell crucially reminds us that translating across affective categories is always embedded in specific societal and cultural meaning systems that include neo-colonial enterprises in the development field where identifying with the emotional lives of marginalised others often translates into new models of appropriation and reification." - Sneja Gunew, University of British Columbia, Canada

"This book achieves a difficult task: it questions how empathy is assumed as a political as well as affective resolution without giving up on the promise of empathy. Characterised by generous (even empathetic) reading practices throughout, Affective Relations explores how empathy is translated and activated in transnational domains. By not assuming that empathy begins or ends with human subjects, this book succeeds in opening empathy up by opening empathy out. It offers a careful and thoughtful exploration of empathy as an embodied relation, one that confronts as well as connects, and will be a very welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature on affect and emotion." - Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

" [...] a detailed, rigorous, and wide-ranging study that exposes the complexities that surround the politics of empathy." - Amanda Rogers, Society and Space


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Empathy, Emotional Politics and Transnationality

    Pedwell, Carolyn

    Pages 1-43

  • Economies of Empathy: Obama, Neoliberalism and Social Justice

    Pedwell, Carolyn

    Pages 44-69

  • Affective (Self-) Transformations: Empathy, Mediation and International Development

    Pedwell, Carolyn

    Pages 70-92

  • Affect at the Margins: Alternative Empathies in A Small Place

    Pedwell, Carolyn

    Pages 93-118

  • Affective Translation: Empathy and The Memory of Love

    Pedwell, Carolyn

    Pages 119-150

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Affective Relations
Book Subtitle
The Transnational Politics of Empathy
Authors
Series Title
Thinking Gender in Transnational Times
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27526-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137275264
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27525-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44610-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 258
Topics