Affective intimacies

Edited by Marjo Kolehmainen, Annukka Lahti and Kinneret Lahad

Affective intimacies


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5856-7
  • Pages: 216
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: July 2022
  • BIC Category: Anthropology, Sociology, Sociology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Sociology: Family & Relationships, Human Geography, Society & social sciences / Sociology


This volume provides a novel platform to re-evaluate the notion of open-ended intimacies through the lens of affect theories. Contributors address the embodied, affective and psychic, sensorial and embodied aspects of their ongoing intimate entanglements across various timely phenomena. This fascinating collection asks how the study of affect enables us to rethink intimacies, what affect theories can do to the prevailing notion of intimacy and how they renew and enrich theories of intimacy in a manner which also considers its normative and violent forms.

This collection brings together a selection of original chapters which invite readers to rethink such concepts as care, closeness and connectivity through the notion of affective intimacies. Based on rigorous research, it offers novel insights on a variety of themes from austerity culture to online discussions on regretting motherhood, from anti-ableist notions of health to teletherapies in the era of COVID-19, and from queer intimacies to critiques of empathy.

Lively and thought-provoking, this collection contributes to timely topics across the social sciences, representing multiple disciplines from gender studies, sociology and cultural studies to anthropology and queer studies. By so doing, it advances the value of interdisciplinary perspectives and creative methodologies for understanding affective intimacies.


Introduction: Affective intimacies - Marjo Kolehmainen, Annukka Lahti and Kinneret Lahad

Part I: Rethinking affect and intimacy
1 'Caring matter': A love story of queer intimacies between (her) body and object (her cigarette) - Dresda E. Méndez de la Brena
2 The figure of a regretful mother on an online discussion board - Armi Mustosmäki and Tiina Sihto
3 Intimate technology? Teletherapies in the era of COVID-19 - Marjo Kolehmainen

Part II: The politics of affect: Spatial and societal entanglements
4 The empathiser's new shoes: The discomforts of empathy as white feminist affect - Andrea Lobb
5 Neighbouring in times of austerity: Intimacy and the 'noikokyrio' - Ilektra Kyriazidou
6 Becoming a lesbian at lesbian and gay dance parties: Lesboratories as affective spaces - Tuula Juvonen

Part III: Queering intimacies: Affective un/becomings
7 'Lack' of languages: Affective experiences of female same-sex intimacies in contemporary China - Yiran Wang
8 Affective obligations and obliged affections: Non-binary youth and affective (re)orientations to family - Nina Perger
9 Affective intimacies of gender assemblages: Closeness and distance in LGBTQ+ women's relationships - Annukka Lahti



Marjo Kolehmainen is a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University, Finland

Annukka Lahti is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Finland, Finland

Kinneret Lahad is a Senior Lecturer at Tel-Aviv University, Israel

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