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itneglected tostudyotherkindsofembodiedactionbywhichplacesareconstituted and
the forms of subjectivity that these actions contain.
The recent literature on affective geography has attempted to recover the focus on
emotions and feelings while avoiding the humanism of the earlier phenomenology-in-
spiredwork.Affecthasbeentreated asaspatial andmaterial practice inthiswork,stud-
ied in its assemblages. By drawing on the theoretical resources of Foucault and But-
ler, we have paid particular attention to ritualized participation in the forms of life that
constitute subjects and places. This shift in focus resonates with broader developments
across the social sciences, as captured by emerging work on the so-called affective turn
(see Clough and Halley 2007). However, in our view, the attempt to move beyond a
focus on the semiotic, textual, and discursive construction of emotional experience has
limitations as well as advantages. Specifically, by focusing on embodiment and embod-
ied action and treating affect as a nonrepresentational object, this work is in danger of
disconnecting affect from thought, resulting in what Wetherell (2012) argues is an “in-
coherent social psychology of affect” (20).
In this chapter we have used the concept of the vibe to reconnect affect and thought,
for although the vibe is embodied and spaced, it is also felt, thought, and spoken. Affect
is connected with thought in discourse, and the vibe is first and foremost a discursive
andcommonsenseobject.WefoundnothingneworunexpectedinourresearchatJacks.
All the participants and we ourselves were quite familiar with the gendered, sexualized,
and aggressive affects that circulate in cocktail bars and dance clubs like this. Given the
commonsense nature of the vibe, we should not treat affect as some mysterious predis-
cursive structure, something ineffable and buried deep inside the individual. Rather, as
Wetherell (2012) recommends, we need to study how affective practices are rendered in
talk to produce accountable conduct. The focus, then, is on the “articulation of talk and
embodied practices,” on how accountability is achieved by tailoring talk to embodied
action in justificatory accounts, and vice versa, on how conduct is ordered and arranged
by the immanent horizon of justification (Durrheim, Mtose, and Brown 2011).
Anderson (2006, 748) argues that a political geography of affect can be sensitized
to the “inequalities at the heart of affective economies” by becoming attuned to “how
the circulation of affect performs, and is affected by spatial and temporal distribution.”
This“affectiveculturalpolitics”aimsto“tendto,andenact,differentcapacitiestoaffect
and be affected rather than correct types of representation” (Anderson 2006, 749). This
political imagination exceeds that in the place identity tradition that seeks to demon-
strate how talk about feelings legitimates imperatives of inclusion or exclusion. To the
contrary,itshowshowpowermayoperateviatheembodiedproductionofformsofsub-
jectivity within particular spaces, which enable the individual to achieve affective ex-
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