Affect theory and the concept of atmosphere

Brown, S.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-7841-3225, Kanyeredzi, A., McGrath, L., Reavey, P. and Tucker, I., 2019. Affect theory and the concept of atmosphere. Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, 20 (1), pp. 5-24. ISSN 1600-910X

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The concept of atmosphere is a way of emplacing affect and affect theory. Work in contemporary social geography has done much to demonstrate how elemental forces become enveloped in atmospheres. However it tends to under-theorise the role of historically structured socio-cultural forces and the modes of engagement of persons with the atmospheric. In this paper we identify core themes in the literature – the inbetweeness of atmospheres, tuning space, the folding space-times and modes of engagement. We then develop these themes further through an encounter with work in anthropology, architecture and ecological psychology. Reflections on fieldwork in a medium-secure forensic psychiatric hospital are then used to illustrate the application of atmospheric thinking to a particular setting. We conclude with a call for a renewed ‘ontographic imagination’.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory
Creators: Brown, S.D., Kanyeredzi, A., McGrath, L., Reavey, P. and Tucker, I.
Publisher: Informa UK
Date: 2019
Volume: 20
Number: 1
ISSN: 1600-910X
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 25 Oct 2019 14:26
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:15

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