Ecologies of affect : placing nostalgia, desire, and hope / Tonya K. Davidson, Ondine Park, and Rob Shields, editors.

by Davidson, Tonya K., 1979-Looking glass; Park, Ondine, 1974-Looking glass; Shields, Rob, 1961-Looking glass.

Series: Environmental humanities: Publisher: Waterloo, Ont., Canada : Wilfrid Laurier University Press, [2011]Description: viii, 346 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 155458258X; 9781554582587.Subject(s): Cultural geographyLooking glass | Geographical perceptionLooking glass | HopeLooking glass | NostalgiaLooking glass | Place attachmentLooking glass | Social ecologyLooking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List of Figures (p. vii)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Section I Nostalgia
  • 1 ôNot everything was good, but many things were betterö: Nostalgia for East Germany and Its Politics (p. 19)
  • 2 Nostalgia and Postmemories of a Lost Place: Actualizing ôMy Virtual Homeland, ö (p. 43)
  • 3 Placing Nostalgia: The Process of Returning and Remaking Home (p. 65)
  • 4 From Disease to Desire: The Afflicted Amalgamation of Music and Nostalgia (p. 85)
  • Section II Desire
  • 5 The Tourist Affect: Escape and Syncresis on the Las Vegas Strip (p. 105)
  • 6 (In)Human Desiring and Extended Agency (p. 127)
  • 7 Cityscapes of Desire: Urban Change in Post-Soviet Russia (p. 143)
  • 8 Illustrating Desires: The Idea and the Promise of the Suburb in Two Children's Books (p. 169)
  • Section III Hope
  • 9 The Virtual Places of Childhood: Hope and the Micro-Politics of Race at an Inner-City Youth Centre (p. 197)
  • 10 Virtual Resurrections: Che Guevara's Image as Place of Hope (p. 217)
  • 11 Performing Spaces of Hope: Street Puppetry and the Aesthetics of Scale (p. 245)
  • 12 The Spatial Distribution of Hope In and Beyond Fort McMurray (p. 271)
  • 13 Spectacular Enclosures of Hope: Artificial Islands in the Gulf and the Present (p. 293)
  • Conclusion: A Roundtable on the Affective Turn (p. 317)
  • List of Contributors (p. 327)
  • Index (p. 331)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Tonya K. Davidson is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Alberta. Her dissertation research is on the dynamic social lives of a series of monuments in Ottawa.
Ondine Park is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Alberta and is interested in urban and cultural studies and social theory. Her most recent research focuses on the idea and promise of the suburb.
Rob Shields is the H.M. Tory Chair in the departments of Sociology and Art and Design at the University of Alberta. He is co-editor of the journal Space and Culture, and his most recent works include What Is a City? Rethinking the Urban after Katrina (ed., 2008) and Building Tomorrow: Innovation in Construction(ed., 2005).