1st Edition

An Invitation to the Sociology of Emotions

ISBN 9781138855007
Published June 24, 2015 by Routledge
160 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Unique in its approach, Invitation to the Sociology of Emotions treats neophytes as its primary audience, giving students a brief, but thorough, introduction to the sociology of emotions. Including research examples, exercises, and lists of further reading, this text explains as clearly as possible some of the most interesting theoretical concepts that animate sociological research on emotions.

Table of Contents

1. Thinking Sociologically about Emotions 2. Emotion Norms 3. Emotion Management 4. Exchanging Emotions 5. Emotional Labor 6. Identifying Emotions 7. Why Study the Sociology of Emotions?

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Scott R. Harris (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is Professor of Sociology at Saint Louis University, where he teaches courses on Emotions, Family, Research Methods, Social Psychology, and Contemporary Theory. He is the author of What Is Constructionism? (which received the Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction) and How to Critique Journal Articles in the Social Sciences. He also co-edited (with Joel Best) Making Sense of Social Problems and co-authored (with Kerry Ferris) Stargazing: Celebrity, Fame, and Social Interaction. He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Sociology Compass.


Finally! A textbook on the sociology of emotions conceptualized and written exclusively for an undergraduate audience. Scott Harris has filled an enormous gap with this accessible overview of the most interesting concepts, provocative findings, and latest research in the study of emotions. Replete with timely examples and infused with humor, students who accept Harris’ invitation will be richly rewarded for doing so!

- John R. Mitrano, Sociology, Central Connecticut State University.

With its clear writing and relevant everyday examples, An Invitation to the Sociology of Emotions is a highly accessible way for students to engage the core concepts from Hochschild’s and others’ work. This concise textbook provides a sociology-of-emotions lens through which students can view the self, interaction, and society in a new light.

-Jennifer Lois, Sociology, Western Washington University

Scott Harris has identified a problem facing anyone attempting to teach—or learn about—the sociology of emotions: the lack of material aimed at beginners. An Invitation to the Sociology of Emotions solves that problem. Instructors and students alike will appreciate its clear presentation of concepts and theories, its accessible language, and its use of examples from recent research in the field.

-Leslie Irvine, Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder

Scott Harris gives a grand tour through the sociology of emotions, expertly engaging readers with fascinating topics, insightful theory, and pivotal foundations for understanding social interactions. With its welcoming and practical prose, An Invitation to the Sociology of Emotions will serve as a valuable resource for faculty and students.

-Nancy Berns, Sociology, Drake University, and author of Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us.