Emotion and Social Structures : The Affective Foundations of Social Order book cover
1st Edition

Emotion and Social Structures
The Affective Foundations of Social Order

ISBN 9780415678773
Published June 18, 2013 by Routledge
192 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
SAVE $32.00
was $160.00
USD $128.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

The past decades have seen significant advances in the sociological understanding of human emotion. Sociology has shown how culture and society shape our emotions and how emotions contribute to micro- and macro-social processes. At the same time, the behavioral sciences have made progress in understanding emotion at the level of the individual mind and body.

Emotion and Social Structures embraces both perspectives to uncover the fundamental role of affect and emotion in the emergence and reproduction of social order. How do culture and social structure influence the cognitive and bodily basis of emotion? How do large-scale patterns of feeling emerge? And how do emotions promote the coordination of social action and interaction? Integrating theories and evidence from disciplines such as psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, Christian von Scheve argues for a sociological understanding of emotion as a bi-directional mediator between social action and social structure.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of the sociology of emotion, microsociology, and cognitive sociology, as well as social psychology, cognitive science, and affective neuroscience.

Table of Contents

Introduction.  1. Self, Society and Emotion  2. Socially Structured Emotions  3. The Affective Structure of Social Action  4. The Affective Structure of Social Interaction.  Concluding Remarks.  References

View More



Christian von Scheve is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and the Cluster of Excellence "Languages of Emotion," Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin. His research focuses on the sociology of emotion, culture and cognition, social inequality, and social psychology.