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Dystopian Emotions

Emotional Landscapes and Dark Futures

Edited by Jordan McKenzie and Roger Patulny

Published

Dec 13, 2021

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529214543

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Dec 13, 2021

Page count

224 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 characterised by pessimism, cynicism and anxiety.

This edited collection challenges individualised 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.

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

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

Introduction: The Feeling of Dystopia

Jordan McKenzie

Chapter 1: Borderland Emotions: A Case Study of Youths in Kinmen, Taiwan

Yang Chin-Yi, Gina

Chapter 2: Beyond Wicked Facebook: A Vital Materialism Perspective

Deborah Lupton and Clare Southerton

Chapter 3: Detangling Online Dystopias- Emotional Reflexivity and Cyber-Deviance

Vern Smith

Chapter 4: Mass Emotional Events: Rethinking emotional contagions after COVID-19

Jordan McKenzie, Roger Patulny, Rebecca Olson, Marlee Bower

Chapter 5: Between the Nationalists and the Fundamentalists, Still We Have Hope!

Kiran Grewal and Hasanah Cegu Isadeen

Chapter 6: ‘The New Economy and the Privilege of Feeling’: Towards a Theory of Emotional Structuration

Roger Patulny

Chapter 7: Neo villeiny university

Geraint Harvey and Simon Williams

Chapter 8: Resuscitating the Past – Zygmunt Bauman’s critical analysis of the recent rise of retrotopia

Michael Hvidd Jacobsen

Chapter 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, Jordan McKenzie