"A space that affects": on the affective politics of a collaborative space in the age of soft capitalism

Author/s Anna Paola Quaglia
Publishing Year 2019 Issue 2019/4 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 117-138 File size 172 KB
DOI 10.3280/RGI2019-004007
DOI is like a bar code for intellectual property: to have more infomation click here

Below, you can see the article first page

If you want to buy this article in PDF format, you can do it, following the instructions to buy download credits

Article preview

FrancoAngeli is member of Publishers International Linking Association, Inc (PILA), a not-for-profit association which run the CrossRef service enabling links to and from online scholarly content.

This contribution focuses on the politics of affects of a collaborative space located in Milan, that materially performs the contemporary discourse of innovation. More specifically, the paper approaches entrepreneurial serendipity as an affective disposition to be governed on the side of the organization, and shows how the organizational space functions as the primary mechanism of government to this end. Building upon an ethnographic observation, the analysis offers a critical understanding of the strategic use of space, paying attention to the socio-material processes and affective micro-geographies of power as they happen in an iconic workspace in the age of soft capitalism. On the one hand, the socio-spatial dialectics is analysed from the viewpoint of the material culture characterizing the working environment; on the other hand, the paper shows how affect functions by bonding practices, spaces and discourses, thus producing political effects. Theoretically, the analysis contributes to the emerging research field of geographies of organizations, endorsing the legitimacy of the organization as a heuristically valuable object of interest for geography.

Keywords: Affectivity, innovation, discourse, space, organization.

Anna Paola Quaglia, "Uno spazio che muove": la politica affettiva di uno spazio collaborativo al tempo del capitalismo soft in "RIVISTA GEOGRAFICA ITALIANA" 4/2019, pp 117-138, DOI: 10.3280/RGI2019-004007