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From paradox to pattern shift: Conceptualising liminal hotspots and their affective dynamics

Greco, Monica and Stenner, Paul (2017). From paradox to pattern shift: Conceptualising liminal hotspots and their affective dynamics. Theory and Psychology, 27(2) pp. 147–166.

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This article introduces the concept of liminal hotspots as a specifically psychosocial and sociopsychological type of wicked problem, best addressed in a process-theoretical framework. A liminal hotspot is defined as an occasion characterised by the experience of being trapped in the interstitial dimension between different forms-of-process. The paper has two main aims. First, to articulate a nexus of concepts associated with liminal hotspots that together provide general analytic purchase on a wide range of problems concerning “troubled” becoming. Second, to provide concrete illustrations through examples drawn from the health domain. In the conclusion, we briefly indicate the sense in which liminal hotspots are part of broader and deeper historical processes associated with changing modes for the management and navigation of liminality.

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 TransitionSCH – SCSSEuropean Science Foundation
Liminal Hotspots: theorising suspended transitionLiminal hotspotsThe Open University (Santander and CCIG)
Extra Information: This is the lead article in a project led by Professor Stenner. Both authors contributed equally, although the concept was invented by Stenner.
Keywords: liminality; affectivity; transition; psychosomatics
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: Health and Wellbeing PRA (Priority Research Area)
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Item ID: 48098
Depositing User: Paul Stenner
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 16:42
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 13:05
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