May 16, 2009

Market and Affect in East Asia

  • Saturday, May 16, 2009, 9am - 5 pm
  • Room 2270 - 515 West Hastings Street
  • The relationship between affect and market can be captured in Marx’s delineation of the capitalist and the miser: “This boundless drive for enrichment, this passionate chase after value is common to the capitalist and the miser” (Marx 1976, 1: 278). Affect as a form of force or energy mediates between the body and worlds, organizing or structuring social activities and market development. Emotions are the effects of both affects and ideology. East Asia scholars often focus on the role of culture and Confucianism in the economy boom while the affective or psychic dimension of capitalist development remains understudied. This panel seeks to develop a framework for understanding and untangling the intricate ways affect and emotions are insinuated in and contribute to market development as well as the reproduction of subjectivity, power and culture. Affect in this panel is used as both a biopolitical strategy to govern the individual and the population and a socio-economic mechanism to develop market capitalism.
  • Co-sponsor:
    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU
    Department of Sociology and Anthropology, SFU