The Labor of Feeling: Emotional Work in Late Capitalism

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Labor of Feeling

Fall 2019

Taught By: Ricardo Montez

Section: A

CRN: 7597

Credits: 3

In recent years, social media has redefined the scope and reach of advertising, generating desire for goods and services through a seamless integration between lifestyle marketing and presumably voluntary fields of self-documentation. The expression of feelings and moods, from connected intimacy to political outrage to newly achieved states of enlightenment, fuel global economies, furthering projects of extraction in the service of capital accumulation. This course examines the immaterial labor of feeling, exploring the ways in which subjects are animated by and produce powerful networks of emotion that are integral to global economic conditions. The affective labor of individuals such as call center employees, flight attendants, and health care workers will be considered through the interdisciplinary lens of affect studies, feminist Marxist studies, and critical race theory. While we will focus on work environments and the conditions of service, students will also explore the emotional lives of individuals as shaped by consumer-driven systems of exploitation.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:06am 1/19/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 701

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019