Wiesse, Basil – 2019
This chapter develops the concept of affective practice, suggesting an understanding of affectivity as a practical accomplishment. Drawing on existing notions of affective practice, in particular that of Margaret Wetherell, the chapter provides a general perspective on theories of practice while highlighting existing intersections with affect theory. Two of these intersections are then explored in detail: The first illuminates the affective dimension of any practice, arguing that practices in general are inherently affective. The second considers affect itself as practically accomplished. Here, affective practices are considered as a specific class of practices for which the affective dimension of an activity becomes the main focus of attention and is reflexively attended to. Taking the implications of this latter idea seriously, the chapter explores its consequences for empirical research.