Narratives from call shop users: Emotional performance of velocity

Simone Belli, Rom Harré, Lupicinio Iñiguez

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In recent years, the debate on emotions has been influenced by postconstructionist research, particularly the use of performativity as a key concept. According to Judith Butler (1993, 1997) the construction of emotions is a process open to constant change and redefinition. The final result of emotionlanguage "natural" development is what is known as technoscience. New ways of naming emotions have emerged within technoscience. In our research on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) by cyber-café and call shop users, we came to understand how these technologies are significant in those users' daily life. The emphasis will be on analyzing emotions related to the use of ICT in the aforementioned settings. Using the concept of performance (Butler, 1990), we will explore how narratives create a need for particular emotions, which did not exist before they were performed. To understand this performance, we use an ad hoc tool called Membership Categorization Analysis (MCA) as it is used by the Manchester School. Analysis has revealed the existence of a membership category in which velocity is salient as performance. This 'velocity' seems to follow the evolution of technoscience in the social sciences. We will observe velocity in the context created by two concepts, Donna Haraway's (1990) cyborg and Alessandro Baricco's (2007) mutant. © 2014 Versita Warsaw and Springer-Verlag Wien.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-231
JournalHuman Affairs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Membership Categorization Analysis (MCA)
  • emotions
  • information and communication technology (ICT)
  • performance
  • velocity

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