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The multiple lives of affect: a case study of commercial surrogacy

Holzberg, Billy (2018) The multiple lives of affect: a case study of commercial surrogacy. Body and Society, 24 (4). ISSN 1357-034X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1357034X18799177


This article intervenes into contemporary scholarship on affect by bringing different affect theories into the same analytical frame. Analysing commercial surrogacy in India through three different conceptualizations of affect found in the work of Michael Hardt, Sara Ahmed and Brian Massumi reveals how affect emerges as a malleable state in the practice of, as a circulatory force in the debates around, and as an ephemeral intensity in the spontaneous resistance to surrogacy. Based on this analysis, I suggest that integrating different theories of affect enables more holistic examinations of corporeal regulation by opening our understanding to the multiple lives of affect that operate on the level of political economy, cultural signification and material intensity simultaneously.

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Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Departments > Gender Institute
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 10:36
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2021 00:04

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