Patricia Ticineto Clough is professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the Graduate Center and Queens College of the City University of New York. She is author of Autoaffection: Unconscious Thought in the Age of Teletechnology (2000); Feminist Thought: Desire, Power and Academic Discourse (1994) and The End(s) of Ethnography: From Realism to Social Criticism (1998). She is editor of The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social (2007), a collection of essays by Sociology graduate students drawn from the dissertations. Clough’s work draws on theoretical traditions concerned with technology, new media, affect, the unconscious, timespace and political economy. She is currently working on Ecstatic Corona an ethnographic, historical research and experimental writing project about where she grew up in Corona Queens New York . Clough is joined by students at Queens College who also are doing work on where they live in Queens and what parts of the world they or their families come from.
As the former director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society, Clough co directed a four year, Rockefeller Foundation funded seminar titled: Facing Global Capital, Finding Human Security: A Gendered Critique The seminar brought together faculty and graduate students with researchers, activists, policymakers, and fellows from diverse parts of the world to develop a gendered, critical human security framework . Over the time of this project, the goal was to promote new thinking and action in relation to war, (counter)terrorism, human security and human rights through a comparative analysis. She also received a grant to bring the College and Community Fellowship to the Graduate Center. This is a program for formerly incarcerated men and women assisting them in completing their higher education and engaging them in political leadership. Together with members of CCF, Clough has published a critique of the reentry programs for formerly incarcerated persons. Adjunct to CCF Clough established the Conviction Seminar with graduate students and faculty to consider the wide ranging effects of securitization and mass incarceration on the relationship of governance and economy in the early 21st. century.
Intimacies: A New World of Relational Life
ALAN FRANK, PATRICIA T. CLOUGH, AND STEVEN SEIDMAN, EDS.
As our culture changes, many of us feel entitled to seek intimacy-social bonding with emotional depthâ€”rather than simply security or companionship from our relationships. Unlike in a marriage-centered culture, intimacy is today pursued in varied relationships, from family to friends and to romances. And intimacies are being forged in multiple venues, from face-to-face to virtual contexts. Intimacies explores the psychological terrain of intimacy without abandoning its sociohistorical context and the centrality of power dynamics. Drawing on a rich archive that includes the social sciences, feminism, queer studies, and psychoanalysis, the contributors examine the changing cultures of intimacy; fluid and solid attachments and intimacies from hookups to sibling bonds to erotic love; and a politics of intimacy that may involve state-enforced hierarchies, class, misrecognition, social exclusion, and violence.
Published July 2013
The Affective Turn
Theorizing the Social
This book was edited by Patricia Clough with Jean Halley.
“The innovative essays in this volume . . . demonstrat[e] the potential of the perspective of the affects in a wide range of fields and with a variety of methodological approaches. Some of the essays . . . use fieldwork to investigate the functions of affects—among organized sex workers, health care workers, and in the modeling industry. Others employ the discourses of microbiology, thermodynamics, information sciences, and cinema studies to rethink the body and the affects in terms of technology. Still others explore the affects of trauma in the context of immigration and war. And throughout all the essays run serious theoretical reflections on the powers of the affects and the political possibilities they pose for research and practice.”—Michael Hardt, from the foreword
In the mid-1990s, scholars turned their attention toward the ways that ongoing political, economic, and cultural transformations were changing the realm of the social, specifically that aspect of it described by the notion of affect: pre-individual bodily forces, linked to autonomic responses, which augment or diminish a body’s capacity to act or engage with others. This “affective turn” and the new configurations of bodies, technology, and matter that it reveals, is the subject of this collection of essays. Scholars based in sociology, cultural studies, science studies, and women’s studies illuminate the movement in thought from a psychoanalytically informed criticism of subject identity, representation, and trauma to an engagement with information and affect; from a privileging of the organic body to an exploration of nonorganic life; and from the presumption of equilibrium-seeking closed systems to an engagement with the complexity of open systems under far-from-equilibrium conditions. Taken together, these essays suggest that attending to the affective turn is necessary to theorizing the social.
Published July 2007
Duke University Press