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“Fredric Jameson Notwithstanding”: The Dialectic of Affect


“Fredric Jameson Notwithstanding”: The Dialectic of Affect

Best, Beverly (2011) “Fredric Jameson Notwithstanding”: The Dialectic of Affect. Rethinking Marxism, 23 (1). pp. 60-82. ISSN 0893-5696

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Within the last decade there has emerged a discourse around biopower which is characterized by two conceptual moves, in particular: the mobilizing of, and placing central importance on, the concept of “affect”; and the jettisoning of the concept of mediation. These two moves are often represented as sharing a mutual cause and effect relationship in the historical narrative of late capitalism: affect emerges as a significant mechanism of social organization in late capitalism when and because the process of mediation has become a redundancy, and is no longer considered an adequate rendering of the modality of that social formation. I argue that the mutual cause and effect relationship between affect and mediation could, alternatively, be called a dialectical relationship. I demonstrate that affect and mediation are not oppositional concepts, but can be understood as two different but interrelated effects of a single historical process.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Sociology and Anthropology
Item Type:Article
Authors:Best, Beverly
Journal or Publication:Rethinking Marxism
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1080/08935696.2011.536339
Keywords:Affect, Dialectic, Mediation, Marx
ID Code:978144
Deposited On:10 Jan 2014 17:35
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:46
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