Affect and emotion have come to dominate discourse on social and political life in the mobile and networked societies of the early 21st century.

This volume introduces a unique collection of essential concepts for theorizing and empirically investigating societies as Affective Societies. The concepts promote insights into the affective foundations of social coexistence and are indispensable to comprehend the many areas of conflict linked to emotion such as migration, political populism, or local and global inequalities. Adhering to an instructive narrative, Affective Societies provides historical orientation; detailed explication of the concept in question, clear-cut research examples, and an outlook at the end of each chapter.

Presenting interdisciplinary research from scholars within the Collaborative Research Center "Affective Societies," this insightful monograph will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as affect and emotion, anthropology, cultural studies, and media studies.

chapter 1|24 pages


Affective Societies – key concepts
ByJan Slaby, Christian von Scheve

part I|1 pages

Affect and emotion

chapter 2|15 pages


ByJan Slaby, Rainer Mühlhoff

chapter 3|10 pages

Emotion, emotion concept

ByChristian von Scheve, Jan Slaby

chapter 4|9 pages


ByGerhard Thonhauser

chapter 5|12 pages

Gefühlsbildung (the formation of feeling)

ByBirgitt Röttger-Rössler

chapter 6|12 pages


ByGabriel Scheidecker

chapter 7|11 pages


ByFriedlind Riedel

chapter 8|11 pages


ByJonas Bens, Olaf Zenker

part II|1 pages

Elaborating affect

chapter 9|10 pages

Affective arrangement

ByJan Slaby

chapter 10|12 pages

Affective disposition

ByRainer Mühlhoff

chapter 11|9 pages

Affective practice

ByBasil Wiesse

chapter 12|12 pages

Affective economy

ByHauke Lehmann, Hans Roth, Kerstin Schankweiler

chapter 13|14 pages

Affects of racialization

ByTamar Blickstein

chapter 14|12 pages

Affective witnessing

ByMichael Richardson, Kerstin Schankweiler

chapter 15|9 pages

Writing affect

ByAnne Fleig

part III|1 pages

Resonances and repertoires

chapter 16|11 pages

Affective resonance

ByRainer Mühlhoff

chapter 17|10 pages


ByAdam Czirak, Sophie Nikoleit, Friederike Oberkrome, Verena Straub, Robert Walter-Jochum, Michael Wetzels

chapter 18|10 pages

Poetics of affect

ByHermann Kappelhoff, Hauke Lehmann

chapter 19|11 pages

Pathosformel (pathos formula)

ByKerstin Schankweiler, Philipp Wüschner

chapter 20|10 pages

Immersion, immersive power

ByRainer Mühlhoff, Theresa Schütz

chapter 21|11 pages

Emotion repertoires

ByAnita von Poser, Edda Heyken, Thi Minh Tam Ta, Eric Hahn

chapter 22|13 pages

Audience emotions

ByDoris Kolesch, Hubert Knoblauch

part IV|1 pages

Collectives and contestations

chapter 23|12 pages

Social collectives

ByChristian von Scheve

chapter 24|10 pages

Midān moments

ByBilgin Ayata, Cilja Harders

chapter 25|11 pages

Affective communities

ByVeronika Zink

chapter 26|10 pages


ByDominik Mattes, Omar Kasmani, Marion Acker, Edda Heyken

chapter 27|9 pages

Orders of feeling

ByThomas Stodulka

chapter 28|11 pages

Affective publics

ByMargreth Lünenborg

chapter 29|10 pages

Affective citizenship

ByBilgin Ayata

chapter 30|12 pages

Political affect

ByJan Slaby, Jonas Bens