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The Cultural Politics of Emotion
This is a bold take on the crucial role of emotion in politics. Emotions work to define who we are as well as shape what we do and this is no more powerfully at play than in the world of politics.Expand
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Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-Coloniality
1. Introduction: Stranger Fetishism and Post-Coloniality 2. Recognising Strangers 3. Knowing Strangers 4. Embodying Strangers 5. Home and Away: Narratives of Migration and Estrangement 6.Expand
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The Promise of Happiness
The Promise of Happiness is a provocative cultural critique of the imperative to be happy. It asks what follows when we make our desires and even our own happiness conditional on the happiness ofExpand
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Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others
In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the “orientation” aspect of “sexual orientation” and the “orient” inExpand
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Collective Feelings
This article examines ‘collective feelings’ by considering how ‘others’ create impressions on the surfaces of bodies. Rather than considering ‘collective feeling’ as ‘fellow feeling’ or in terms ofExpand
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Home and away
This article examines the relationship between migration and identity by complicating our notion of what ‘home’ means, both for the narrative of ‘being at home’ and for the narrative of ‘leavingExpand
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‘You end up doing the document rather than doing the doing’: Diversity, race equality and the politics of documentation
Abstract This article examines how the Race Relations Amendment Act (2000) has shaped a new politics of documentation, which takes diversity and equality as measures of institutional performance.Expand
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Multiculturalism and the Promise of Happiness
In 1960, the problem that has no name burst like a boil through the image of the happy American housewife. In the television commercials the pretty housewives still beamed over their foaming dishpansExpand
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Killing Joy: Feminism and the History of Happiness
  • S. Ahmed
  • Sociology
  • Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1 March 2010
This article offers a feminist critique of happiness. It proceeds by suspending belief that happiness is a good thing, or that happiness is what we want, as beliefs that are central to theExpand
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`She'll Wake Up One of These Days and Find She's Turned into a Nigger'
In this article, I examine racial narratives of passing and their relationship to discourses of hybridity. Rather than defining passing as inherently transgressive, or as one side of identityExpand
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