Affective Labour explores four distinct landscapes in order to demonstrate how collective feelings are organized by social actors in order to both reproduce and contest hegemony. Utilizing a variety of methods, including participant observation, in-depth interviews across field sites, and content analysis of mass media, Correa and Thomas demonstrate the centrality of affective labor in enabling and constraining prevailing norms and practices of race, citizenship, class, gender, and sexuality across multiple spatial contexts: the U.S.- Mexico border, urban nightlife districts, American college campuses, and emergent social movements against the police state.
The book demonstrates how the power of affective labour might be harnessed for progressively oriented world-building projects, including what the authors term an `affective labour from below.' By tying an analysis of affective labour into movements for social justice, the authors aim to produce a critical theory of the world that can be practically applied.
James M. Thomas is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Mississippi. Jennifer G. Correa is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin.
Introduction: Difference, Distance, and Affective Labour / 1. The Production of Good Times in Urban Nightlife / 2. An Economy of Fear on the U.S. - Mexico Border / 3. Diversity Regimes and Affective Labor in Higher Education / 4. Affective Labour from Above and Below / 5. Affective Labour and World Building: Toward a Theory of Affect for Radical Change / Conclusion / Bibliography / Index