Affective Relations: The Transnational Politics of Empathy by Carolyn Pedwell (auth.)

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In this vein, one of the defining characteristics of transnational relations of power in the context of global capitalism and neoliberal forms of governmentality is what David Harvey (2005) refers to as ‘time-space compression’. As he argues, late capitalism requires, technologies of information creation and capacities to accumulate, store, transfer, analyse, and use massive databases to guide decisions in the global marketplace. Hence neoliberalism’s intense interest in and pursuit of information technologies ...

Similar in some respects to these theorists, I am interested in empathy as an affective relation that exceeds the boundaries of human subjects, as well as those of ‘community’ or ‘nation’. Understanding the ways in which emotion, feeling and affect are produced, circulate and translate transnationally requires an approach that moves beyond subjectto-subject relations, and thus away from any overly reductive ‘gridlock model’ which ‘demands the knowing, naming and thus stabilising of identity across time and space’ (Puar, 2008: 212).

She clarifies, however, that her claim is not ‘that they constitute a world-homogenizing system whose forces are played out to the same effect, or affect, everywhere. 37 In common with other feminist, postcolonial and queer theorists of transnational politics, these authors are all interested in the ways in which ‘transnational processes are inherently gendered, racialized and sexualised’, and in how ‘the borders they erase or erect affect different groups differently’ (Marciniak, Imre and O’Healy, 2007: 4).

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