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Research as affect-sphere: towards spherogenics


Iedema, R and Carroll, K, Research as affect-sphere: towards spherogenics, Emotion Review, 7, (1) pp. 67-72. ISSN 1754-0739 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1754073914544477


This article outlines the main tenets of affect theory and links these to Sloterdijk's spherology. Where affect foregrounds prepersonal energies and posthuman impulses, spherology provides a lens for considering how humans congregate in constantly reconfiguring socialities in their pursuit of legitimacy and immunity. The article then explores the relevance of "affective spheres" for contemporary social science research. The article's main argument here is that research of contemporary organisational and professional practices must increasingly be spherogenic, or seeking to build "affective spheres." The basis of this argument are the in situ complexity and fast-changing nature of practices, and the increasing challenges involved in objectifying or 'freezing', and analysing or dissecting such practices. The article draws for its case study on a video-reflexive project conducted in a U.S. health service. The article concludes that the notion of research as spherogenics counterbalances the conventional methodological emphasis on a predetermined stance - whether neutral or political - in our construction and enactment of social science research.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:affect, emotion, sphere, spherogenic
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Social and political philosophy
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Iedema, R (Professor Rick Iedema)
ID Code:105948
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2016-01-21
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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