Affective energies : Sensory bodies on the beach in Darwin, Australia

Lobo,M 2014, Affective energies : Sensory bodies on the beach in Darwin, Australia, Emotion, Space and Society, vol. 12, pp. 101-109, doi: 10.1016/j.emospa.2013.12.012.

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Title Affective energies : Sensory bodies on the beach in Darwin, Australia
Author(s) Lobo,MORCID iD for Lobo,M
Journal name Emotion, Space and Society
Volume number 12
Start page 101
End page 109
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1755-4586
Keyword(s) Affective energies
Indigenous and migrant bodies
Suburban beach
Summary Emerging debates on anti-racism within white majority cultures centre emotion and affect to explore the visceral nature of racialised encounters that unfold in public spaces of the city. This paper builds on such understandings by conceptualising whiteness as a force that exerts affective pressures on bodies of colour who are hypervisible in public spaces. I show that these pressures have the potential to wound, numb and immobilise bodies affecting what they can do or what they can become. This paper argues, however, that affective energies from human and non-human sources are productive forces that are also sensed in public spaces such as the suburban beach. These energies entangle sensuous bodies with the richness of a more-than-human world and have the potential to offer new insights into exploring how racially differentiated bodies live with difference. The paper draws on ethnographic research conducted in Darwin, a tropical north Australian city at the centre of politicised public debates on asylum seeker policy, migrant integration and Indigenous wellbeing. My attention to affective pressures and affective energies contributes to understanding how bodies with complex histories and geographies of racialisation can inhabit a world of becoming. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.emospa.2013.12.012
Indigenous content on
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Grant ID DE 130100250
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