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Introduction to the Special Issue on Liminal Hotspots

Stenner, Paul; Greco, Monica and Motzkau, Johanna (2017). Introduction to the Special Issue on Liminal Hotspots. Theory and Psychology, 27(2) pp. 141–146.

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This article introduces a special issue of Theory and Psychology on liminal hotspots. A liminal hotspot is an occasion during which people feel they are caught suspended in the circumstances of a transition that has become permanent. The liminal experiences of ambiguity and uncertainty that are typically at play in transitional circumstances acquire an enduring quality that can be described as a “hotspot”. Liminal hotspots are characterized by dynamics of paradox, paralysis, and polarization, but they also intensify the potential for pattern shift. The origins of the concept are described followed by an overview of the contributions to this special issue.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: Authors
ISSN: 1461-7447
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Affectivity And Liminality: Conceptualizing The Dynamics Of Suspended Transition.SCH – SCSSEuropean Science Foundation
Liminal Hotspots: theorising suspended transitionNot SetThe Open University (Santander)
Extra Information: This is an introduction to a special issue on the theme of Liminal Hotspots coordinated by Paul Stenner and Johanna Motzkau (OU) and by Monica Greco (Goldsmiths College).
Keywords: affectivity; liminality; transition
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology and Counselling
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Item ID: 48097
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 16:38
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2019 06:27
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