Life from the fragments: Ambivalence, critique, and minoritarian affect

Eleanor Wilkinson, Jason Lim

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    In this commentary, we respond to Ruez and Cockayne’s ‘Feeling Otherwise’ and consider what is at stake in debates concerning the moods and modes of critique. There is a tendency in geographical work on affect to privilege affirmation, yet a key question remains as to who benefits from such moods of critique and the kinds of analysis that they afford. We argue that dominant theorisations of affirmation and negativity often elide uncomfortable discussions of power, domination, and violence. We offer a reading of the relations between affirmation and negativity through ‘minoritarian affects’ – a reading that arises in the midst of living through racial capitalism, coloniality, patriarchy, and heteronormativity and which builds an indeterminate future from the fragments of our lives and bodies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)112-116
    Number of pages5
    JournalDialogues in Human Geography
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021


    • affect theory
    • affirmation
    • ambivalence
    • critique
    • queer affect


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