Emotions Matter: A Relational Approach to Emotions
The sociology of emotions has recently undergone a renaissance, raising new questions for the social sciences: How should we define and study emotions? How are emotions related to perennial sociological debates about structure, power, and agency? Emotions Matter brings together leading international scholars to build on and extend sociological understandings of emotions.
Moving beyond reductionist approaches that frame emotions as idiosyncratic states of mind, the scholars in this collection conceptualize emotions as the experience of social relations. Empirical and theoretical chapters demonstrate how emotions relate to sociological theories of interaction, the body, gender, and communication. Pushing the boundaries of sociology and stimulating debate for related fields, Emotions Matter offers diverse relational approaches that illustrate the crucial importance of emotions to the sociological imagination.
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- Page Count: 336 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
Choice Magazine, vol50:02:2012
Author InformationDale Spencer is a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.
Kevin Walby is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria.
Alan Hunt is Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: For a Relational Approach to Emotions
Section I: Conceptual Issues in the Sociology of Emotions
Chapter 2: Emotion's Crucible
Chapter 3: Sociable Happiness
Chapter 4: 'Feeling a Feeling' in Emotion Management
Chapter 5: Illegitimate Pain: Introducing a Concept and a Research Agenda
Chapter 6: Religion Within the Bounds of Emotion Alone: Bergson and Kant
Chapter 7: Humanitarianism as a Politics of Emotion
Chapter 8: The Civilizing Process and Emotional Life: The Intensification and Hollowing Out of Contemporary Emotions
Chapter 9: Emotions In/and Knowing
Section II: Emotions and Empirical Investigations
Chapter 10: How Emotions Matter: Objects, Organizations and the Emotional Climate of a Mass Spectrometry Laboratory
Chapter 11: Emotional Deviance and Mental Disorder
Chapter 12: Polyamory or Polyagony? Jealousy in Open Relationships
Chapter 13: Feeling Cosmopolitan: Experiential Brands and Urban Cosmopolitan Sensibilities
Chapter 14: Autistic Autobiographies and More-than-Human Emotional Geographies
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