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Introduction: language, work and affective capitalism

Dlaske, Kati; Del Percio, Alfonso; (2022) Introduction: language, work and affective capitalism. International Journal of the Sociology of Language , 2022 (276) pp. 1-13. 10.1515/ijsl-2022-0046.

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Abstract

This special issue contributes to scholarship on language and affective economy by exploring the role played by affect in shaping work and workers under current configurations of capitalism. We take as a starting point the observation of increased valorisation and instrumentalisation of affect in the contemporary phase of capitalism. In this editorial introduction to the special issue, we set the scene by first outlining our questions, aims and objectives. Subsequently, we situate the contribution made by this issue in a larger social theorisation of affect and capitalism, particularly the notion of affective capitalism, and reflect on how this theorisation can contribute to sociolinguistic scholarship on work. The introduction concludes with an outline of the articles in this special issue, highlighting the way, empirically and conceptually, each article contributes to our understanding of the intersections between language, work and affective capitalism.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction: language, work and affective capitalism
DOI: 10.1515/ijsl-2022-0046
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijsl-2022-0046
Language: English
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Keywords: affect; capitalism; language; work
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Culture, Communication and Media
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153016
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