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Dystopian Emotions

Emotional Landscapes and Dark Futures

Edited by Jordan McKenzie and Roger Patulny

Published

Dec 13, 2021

Page count

198 pages

ISBN

978-1529214543

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 13, 2021

Page count

198 pages

ISBN

978-1529214550

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Dystopian Emotions

As nations reel from the effects of poverty, inequality, climate change and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it feels as though the world has entered a period characterized by pessimism, cynicism and anxiety.

This edited collection challenges individualized understandings of emotion, revealing how they relate to cultural, economic and political realities in difficult times.

Combining numerous empirical studies and theoretical developments from around the world, the diverse contributors explore how dystopian visions of the future influence, and are influenced by, the emotions of an anxious and precarious present.

This is an original investigation into the changing landscape of emotion in dark and uncertain times.

"By treating emotions through the prism of temporality, and exploring how future visions inform senses of the present and understandings of the past, this important book plots a powerful new research trajectory." Jack Barbalet, Australian National University

"Dystopian Emotions is not a bleak sermon on the end of the world. These essays recognize how an array of emotions can help us navigate or avoid potentially dark futures." Mary Holmes, University of Edinburgh

Jordan McKenzie is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Roger Patulny is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Introduction: The Feeling of Dystopia - Jordan McKenzie

1. Borderland Emotions: A Case Study of Youths in Kinmen, Taiwan - Gina Chin-Yi Yang

2. Beyond Wicked Facebook: A Vital Materialism Perspective - Deborah Lupton and Clare Southerton

3. Detangling Online Dystopias: Emotional Reflexivity and Cyber-Deviance - Vern Smith

4. Mass Emotional Events: Rethinking Emotional Contagions after COVID-19 - Jordan McKenzie, Roger Patulny, Rebecca E. Olson and Marlee Bower

5. Between the Nationalists and the Fundamentalists, Still We Have Hope! - Kiran Grewal and Hasanah Cegu Isadeen

6. ‘The New Economy and the Privilege of Feeling’: Towards a Theory of Emotional Structuration - Roger Patulny

7. Neo-Villeiny University - Geraint Harvey and Simon Williams

8. Resuscitating the Past: Zygmunt Bauman’s Critical Analysis of the Recent Rise of Retrotopia - Michael Hviid Jacobsen

9. Hope Out of Stock: Critical and Melancholic Hope in Climate Fiction - Briohny Doyle

Conclusion: A Critical Mass of Emotions - Reflexivity, Loneliness and Hope? - Roger Patulny and Jordan McKenzie