Rhizomatic Movements and Gendered Knots of ‘Bad Feelings’

  • Simone FullagarEmail author
  • Wendy O’Brien
  • Adele Pavlidis


This chapter explores the visceral materiality of the knot to think through the rhizomatic movement of depression-recovery, where bad feelings produce and are produced through the disruptive affects of women’s lives. There is an ongoing need to surface the gendering of depression and recovery in order to disrupt the individualising of responsibility and self-blame for ‘bad feelings’. The ontological assumptions of the biopsychosocial model wilfully and irresponsibly ignore the sociocultural, economic and political conditions. As an alternative we think with the biopsychosocialities and affective forces that act through women’s different capacities and desires. Rather than abandon subjectivity in favour of pure externality—networks, assemblages, flows and so on—we think them together as post-humanist feminism concerned with the affective contours of contemporary life.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Fullagar
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Wendy O’Brien
    • 3
  • Adele Pavlidis
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia
  2. 2.Department of HealthUniversity of BathBathUK
  3. 3.Department of Tourism, Hotel and Sport ManagementGriffith UniversityNathanAustralia
  4. 4.Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural ResearchGriffith UniversitySouthportAustralia

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