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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Ecologies of Affect offers a synthetic introduction to the felt dynamics of cities and the character of places. The contributors capture the significance of affects including desire, nostalgia, memory, and hope in forming the identity and tone of places. The critical intervention this collection of essays makes is an active, consistent engagement with the virtualities that produce and refract our idealized attachments to place. Contributors show how place images, and attempts to build communities, are, rather than abstractions, fundamentally tied to and revolve around such intangibles. We understand nostalgia, desire, and hope as virtual; that is, even though they are not material, they are nevertheless real and must be accounted for. In this book, the authors take up affect, emotion, and emplacement and consider them in relation to one another and how they work to produce and are produced by certain temporal and spatial dimensions.

The aim of the book is to inspire readers to consider space and place beyond their material properties and attend to the imaginary places and ideals that underpin and produce material places and social spaces. This collection will be useful to practitioners and students seeking to understand the power of affect and the importance of virtualities within contemporary societies, where intangible goods have taken on an increasing value.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 2-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Figures
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Section I: Nostalgia
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1. “Not everything was good, but many things were better”: Nostalgia for East Germany and Its Politics
  2. pp. 19-42
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  1. 2. Nostalgia and Postmemories of a Lost Place: Actualizing “My Virtual Homeland"
  2. pp. 43-64
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  1. 3. Placing Nostalgia: The Process of Returning and Remaking Home
  2. pp. 65-84
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  1. 4. From Disease to Desire: The Afflicted Amalgamation of Music and Nostalgia
  2. pp. 85-102
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  1. Section II: Desire
  2. pp. 103-104
  1. 5 The Tourist Affect: Escape and Syncresis on the Las Vegas Strip
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. 6 (In)Human Desiring and Extended Agency
  2. pp. 127-142
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  1. 7. Cityscapes of Desire: Urban Change in Post-Soviet Russia
  2. pp. 143-168
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  1. 8. Illustrating Desires: The Idea and the Promise of the Suburb in Two Children’s Books
  2. pp. 169-194
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  1. Section III: Hope
  2. pp. 195-196
  1. 9. The Virtual Places of Childhood: Hope and the Micro-Politics of Race at an Inner-City Youth Centre
  2. pp. 197-216
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  1. 10. Virtual Resurrections: Che Guevara’s Image as Place of Hope
  2. pp. 217-244
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  1. 11. Performing Spaces of Hope: Street Puppetry and the Aesthetics of Scale
  2. pp. 245-270
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  1. 12. The Spatial Distribution of Hope In and Beyond Fort McMurray
  2. pp. 271-292
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  1. 13. Spectacular Enclosures of Hope: Artificial Islands in the Gulf and the Present
  2. pp. 293-316
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  1. Conclusion: A Roundtable on the Affective Turn
  2. pp. 317-326
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 327-330
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 331-346
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  1. Series Page, Further Reading
  2. pp. 357-358
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