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What's Love got to do with it?

Sumona Dhakal, Lucas Loizou

Love is what motivates our attachments to the world. It may be, as Lauren Berlant once said, the only emotion where people 'want to become different.' We analyzed existing research on love as a political emotion and how it intersects with normative life worlds. Through an affective and discursive methodological approach, we better understand what the cultural politics of love signifies as well as how love unveils dominant forms of love that uphold both individual and state power. In turn, we explored the multitude of ways love dismantles what bell hooks calls “capitalist-white-supremacist-patriarchy” as a discursive, ideological, and institutional form of domination. It is through this lens that we examine how love profoundly changes individuals, relationships, movements, and society.