Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation

Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation

by Lisa Blackman


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In this unique contribution, Lisa Blackman focuses upon the affective capacities of bodies, human and non-human as well as addressing the challenges of the affective turn within social sciences. Fresh and convincing, Immaterial Bodies uncovers the paradoxes and tensions in work in affect studies by focusing on practices and experiences, including voice hearing, suggestion, hypnosis, telepathy, the placebo effect, rhythm and related phenomena. Questioning the traditional idea of mind over matter, as well as discussing the danger of setting up a false distinction between the two, this book makes for an invaluable addition within cultural theory and the recent turn to affect.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781446266854
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 03/06/2013
Series: Published in association with Theory, Culture & Society
Pages: 209
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lisa Blackman is a Reader in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works at the intersection of body studies and media and cultural studies. She is the editor of the journal Body & Society and a co-editor of Subjectivity. Book include Mass Hysteria: Critical Psychology and Media Studies (Palgrave, 2001, with Valerie Walkerdine); Hearing Voices: Embodiment and Experience (Free Association Books, 2001); The Body: The Key Concepts (Berg, 2008).

She teaches courses which span critical media psychology, affect studies, embodiment and body studies, and experimentation in the context of art/science. She is particularly interested in phenomena which have puzzled scientists, artists, literary writers and the popular imagination for centuries, including automatic writing, voice hearing, suggestion, telepathy and automatism.

Table of Contents

The Subject of Affect: Bodies, Process, Becoming
The Crowd and the Problem of Personality
Mental Touch: Media Technologies and the Problem of Telepathy
The Re-Enchantment of Materialism: Affect and New Materialisms
Affect, Energy, Rhythm and Transmission
The Problem of Automatism: Divided Attention, Voice Hearing and Machinic Vision
Neuroscience: The Bicameral Mind and the Double Brain

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