We invite submissions to an edited book which focuses on the affective dynamics of intimate relationships, especially on the ways in which the social significance of affective inequalities expands our understanding about the operations of power.
Despite the shifts in the ways in which intimate lives are organized in late-modern Western societies, a couple relationship still has a high status and a robust allure. Also various forms of intimate relationships – be it dating, a marriage, a fling or an affair – are expected to offer personal and emotional fulfilment. Yet at the same time both normative and non-normative relationships are sites in which classifications, hierarchies and asymmetries related to gender and sexuality are renewed. It is crucial to notice how such inequalities are increasingly mediated affectively. By arguing that the effects of power relations are accumulated affectively in intimate relationships, this book aims to produce novel knowledge on the ways in which power relations operate in late-modern societies.
The dynamics in and around intimate relationships form a focal point between societal power relations, social interactions and personal experiences. All relationships have their own affective textures, and affective inequalities operate differently in varying kinds of relationships. Affects may give intimate relationships a persisting and meaningful tone that makes them matter. Yet affects can also sustain and uphold unequal and even toxic relationships as well as persuade partners to stay in them. The book seeks to offer a perspective on affect that allows analyzing the affective processes of both maintaining inequalities in diverse relationships and taking up the unknown promise for change.
Applying affect theories to the empirical studies of intimate relationships poses challenges to conventional understandings of what constitutes ‘a couple’. If flows, energies, assemblages, entanglements and relations between bodies – the body’s capacity to affect and become affected – are taken seriously, the idea of a couple relationship as consisting of two autonomous individuals becomes challenged. Also mechanisms of affective inequalities may easily go unnoticed as they are often ambivalent, mundane, ordinary and difficult to capture empirically. Although affective inequality is sometimes difficult to pinpoint empirically, it can be felt intra-personally, and it can be made tangible in interpersonal contact. Hence this book aims to introduce alternative and novel ways for conceptualizing and approaching affective inequalities in intimate relationships, as well as knowing them affectively.
We invite methodologically innovative contributions that address how inequalities are produced, mediated and challenged affectively in intimate relationships. The entries may include but are not limited to the following themes
Power and hierarchies
Norms and everyday affects
Intimacies and relationships
The book addresses scholars in Social Sciences, Gender Studies and Queer Studies, who work with affect theories and seek for ways to translate them into empirical studies. Also scholars who are interested in novel approaches to studying issues of power will benefit from the book. Moreover it offers new perspectives on intimate relationships for practitioners in addition to a general audience.
Dr. Tuula Juvonen (University of Tampere, Finland), PI of the Academy of Finland funded research project “Just the Two of Us? Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships”
Dr. Marjo Kolehmainen (University of Tampere, Finland), Post-doctoral research fellow
Prospective authors are invited to submit a chapter proposal on or before 30 September 2016, together with
Authors will be notified by the editors by 31 October 2016 about further steps.
All manuscripts undergo both editorial review process as well as peer review process.
The editors have started negotiations on publishing this edited volume with Routledge in its ‘Routledge Research in Gender and Society’ book series in 2018. The Routledge Research program produces cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research across subjects in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Research in Gender and Society series is new and broadly based, and includes field-defining and high-level contributions from across the disciplines.
Chapter proposal submission deadline: 30 September 2016
Notification of prospective authors: 31 October 2016
Book proposal submitted to Routledge: 30 November 2016
Notification of acceptance to the authors: 31 January 2017
Full chapter submission to editors: 30 April 2017
Review results to the authors: 31 October 2017
Revised chapter submission: 31 January 2018
Submission of manuscript to publishers: 28 February 2018
Publishing date: September 2018
Marjo Kolehmainen (affective.inequalities [at] uta.fi)
More about the Academy of Finland funded research project ”Just the Two of Us? Affective inequalities in intimate relationships”: http://affective-inequalities.fi/en/