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Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion: Feelings, Affect and Technological Change [Hardcover]

Athina Karatzogianni , Adi Kuntsman

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April 10 2012 0230296580 978-0230296589

Fifteen thought-provoking essays engage in an innovative dialogue between cultural studies of affect, feelings and emotions, and digital cultures, new media and technology. The volume provides a fascinating dialogue that cuts across disciplines, media platforms and geographic and linguistic boundaries.

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'Studies of Internet communication have tended, for too long, to sideline the importance of the emotions. This book sets out to remedy this important oversight, and succeeds brilliantly. It offers us a rich new theoretical and conceptual vocabulary with which to grasp the affective dynamics of life online. The contributions tease-out from a wide range of empirical case studies the ways in which the emotive power of love, hate, seduction, passion, nostalgia and mourning reverberate through (and beyond) the realm of the Internet, with profound implications for our individual and collective lives. Scholarly, informative and provocative, Digital Cultures and the Politics of Emotion should be read by all those interested in technology and culture.' - Majid Yar, Professor of Sociology, University of Hull, UK 'Bringing together cutting-edge theory and specific case studies, this collection bridges the gap between the cultural studies of affect and digital culture, assembling a much needed, much waited for feminist, postcolonial and queer perspective on new media. Ground-breaking and unmissable.' - Tiziana Terranova, Professor in Sociology of Communication at the University of Naples, Italy

About the Author

ATHINA KARATZOGIANNI is Senior Lecturer in New Media and Political Communication, University of Hull, UK. She is the author of The Politics of Cyberconfict (2006), Power, Conflict and Resistance with Andrew Robinson (2010), and editor of Cyber Conflict and Global Politics (2009) and Violence and War in Culture and the Media (2012). Athina has written extensively on various incidents of cyberconflict, media movements and radical politics. She is currently working toward her research monograph The Real, the Virtual and the Imaginary State.

ADI KUNTSMAN Simon is Research Fellow, University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include affect and emotions; migration, diaspora and nationalism; queer politics; war, violence and coloniality; new media and humanitarianism; and digital cultures. She is the author of Figurations of Violence and Belonging: Queerness, Migranthood and Nationalism in Cyberspace and Beyond (2009) and the co-editor of Out of Place: Interrogating Silences in Queerness/Raciality (with Esperanza Miyake, 2008).

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