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The politics of affect

Perspectives on the rise of the far-right and right-wing populism in the West

Sindre Bangstad, Bjørn Enge Bertelsen, and Heiko Henkel

This article is based on the transcript of a roundtable on the rise of the far-right and right-wing populism held at the AAA Annual Meeting in 2017. The contributors explore this rise in the context of the role of affect in politics, rising socio-economic inequalities, racism and neoliberalism, and with reference to their own ethnographic research on these phenomena in Germany, Poland, Italy, France, the UK and Hungary.

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Imitations of Buddhist Statecraft

The Patronage of Lao Buddhism and the Reconstruction of Relic Shrines and Temples in Colonial French Indochina

Patrice Ladwig

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From 1893 onward, French colonialism sponsored and restructured Lao and Khmer Buddhism in order to create an ‘Indochinese Buddhism’. Over a span of several decades, the French promoted monastic education, reconstructed the major temples in Vientiane, and renovated the That Luang, the most important Buddhist relic shrine of Laos. This article explores the motivations and strategies for this endeavor, specifically focusing on French efforts to ‘re-materialize’ Lao Buddhism’s religious architecture. I argue that the renovation of these monuments as symbols and centers of power under the auspices of the École française d’Extrême-Orient was based on mimetic processes that should be understood as a form of ceremonial governmentality and colonial politics of affect, whose goal was to win the ‘sympathies’ of the colonized.

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Embodied Vibrations

Disastrous Mobilities in Relocation from the Christchurch Earthquakes, Aotearoa New Zealand

Gail Adams-Hutcheson

Space 30, no. 6 (2012): 971–988, here 976. 30 Elizabeth Grosz, “Geopower,” in Kathryn Yusoff et al. “ Geo power,” 975. 31 Nigel Thrift, “Intensities of Feeling: Towards a Spatial Politics of Affect,” Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 86

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A megastructure in Singapore

The “Asian city of tomorrow?”

Xinyu Guan

: Cornell University Press . Thrift , Nigel . 2004 . “ Intensities of feeling: Towards a spatial politics of affect .” Geografiska Annaler 86B ( 1 ): 57 – 78 . Toh , Ee Ming . 2017 . “ Chinatown ‘hipster hangout’ Lepark to close by end of month

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Guest Editor's Introduction

Phenomenology Encounters Cognitivism

Robert Sinnerbrink

Press . Marks , Laura U. 2002 . Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media . Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press . Massumi , Brian . 2015 . Politics of Affect . London : Polity Press . Nannicelli , Ted , and Paul Taberham