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The Affective Turn and the Social Sciences

The intersubjective or relational world of Dirty Looks is not well catered for in the academic literature (as a phenomenon in its own right), and so Margaret Wetherell’s new book Affect and emotion: a new social science understanding is a welcome addition to the work in this area. The aim of the book is to […]

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A Sense of Belonging

For such a deeply personal concern, it’s odd how everybody yearns for a sense of belonging, a sense frustratingly just outside our grasp. The desire to belong is a defining characteristic of the nomadic individual (another nail in the philosophy of consciousness right there). Having the sense that you are not on your own, that […]