Introduction: Affective States

Madeleine Reeves, Mateusz Laszczkowski

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Abstract

The aim of this special issue is to bring a critical discussion of affect into debate with the anthropology of the state as a way of working toward a more coherent, ethnographically grounded exploration of affect in political life. We consider how the state becomes a 'social subject' in daily life, attending both to the subjective experience of state power and to the affective intensities through which the state is reproduced in the everyday. We argue that the state should be understood not as a 'fiction' to be deconstructed, but as constituted and sustained relationally through the claims, avoidances, and appeals that are made toward it and the emotional registers that these invoke. This article situates these arguments theoretically and introduces the subsequent ethnographic essays.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Analysis
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

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