Open access: Mapping Affective Capacities: Gender and Sexuality in Relationship and Sex Counselling Practices (book chapter from Marjo Kolehmainen)

The accepted manuscript of a book chapter ‘Mapping Affective Capacities: Gender and Sexuality in Relationship and Sex Counselling Practices’ from Marjo Kolehmainen is now available open access:

http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:tuni-201909193413

The chapter is originally published in Juvonen, Tuula & Marjo Kolehmainen (eds.) (2018): Affective Inequalities in Intimate Relationships. London: Routledge.

Abstract below:
Drawing on fieldwork on relationship and sex counselling events in Finland, this chapter examines how gendered and sexualized power relations are (re)produced in therapeutic practices. The chapter applies the Deleuzian idea of affective capacities to the analysis of gender and sexuality, understanding gender and sexuality as about ‘becoming’ rather than ‘being’. The analysis of four event-assemblages shows how gendering and sexualizing happen through diminishing and augmenting bodies’ capacities to affect and be affected. In this way, the focus of analysis becomes not only what bodies can do, but what they are made to do. The chapter also concludes that the very relations that diminish some capacities may increase other capacities, which is central to the dynamics through which gender and sexuality work in and on bodies.