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Violent Affections: Queer sexuality, techniques of power, and law in Russia

Kondakov, Alexander Sasha; (2022) Violent Affections: Queer sexuality, techniques of power, and law in Russia. [Book]. FRINGE. UCL Press: London, UK. Green open access

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Violent Affections uncovers techniques of power that work to translate emotions into violence against queer people. Based on analysis of over 300 criminal cases of anti-queer violence in Russia before and after the introduction of ‘gay propaganda’ law, the book shows how violent acts are framed in emotional language by perpetrators during their criminal trials. It then utilises an original methodology of studying ‘legal memes’ and argues that these individual affective states are directly connected to the political violence aimed at queer lives more generally. The main aim of Violent Affections is to explore the social mechanisms and techniques that impact anti-queer violence evidenced in the reviewed cases. Alexander Sasha Kondakov expands upon two sets of interdisciplinary literature – queer theory and affect theory – in order to conceptualise what is referred to as neo-disciplinary power. Taking the empirical observations from Russia as a starting point, he develops an original explanation of how contemporary power relations are changing from those of late modernity as envisioned by Foucault’s Panopticon to neo-disciplinary power relations of a much more fragmented, fluid and unstructured kind – the Memeticon. The book traces how exactly affections circulate from body to body as a kind of virus and eventually invade the body that responds with violence. In this analytic effort, it draws on the arguments from memetics – the theory of how pieces of information pass on from one body to another as they thrive to survive by continuing to resonate. This work makes the argument truly interdisciplinary.

Type: Book
Title: Violent Affections: Queer sexuality, techniques of power, and law in Russia
ISBN-13: 9781800082939
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781800082939
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800082939
Language: English
Additional information: Text © Author 2022 Images © Authors and copyright holders named in captions, 2022 This book contains third-party copyright material that is not covered by the book’s Creative Commons licence. Details of the copyright ownership and permitted use of third-party material is given in the image (or extract) credit lines. If you would like to reuse any third-party material not covered by book’s Creative Commons licence, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright owner. This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International licence (CC BY-NC 4.0), https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/. This licence allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. If you wish to use the work commercially, use extracts or undertake translation you must seek permission from the author. Attribution should include the following information: Kondakov, A. 2022. Violent Affections: Queer sexuality, techniques of power, and law in Russia. London: UCL Press. https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781800082939 Further details about Creative Commons licences are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/
Keywords: Queer studies, sociology, crime, anti-gay violence, Russia
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10153556
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