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A Social Science Reader

Edited by Monica Greco, Paul Stenner

© 2009 – Routledge

512 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Are emotions becoming more conspicuous in contemporary life? Are the social sciences undergoing an an 'affective turn'? This Reader gathers influential and contemporary work in the study of emotion and affective life from across the range of the social sciences. Drawing on both theoretical and empirical research, the collection offers a sense of the diversity of perspectives that have emerged over the last thirty years from a variety of intellectual traditions. Its wide span and trans-disciplinary character is designed to capture the increasing significance of the study of affect and emotion for the social sciences, and to give a sense of how this is played out in the context of specific areas of interest. The volume is divided into four main parts:

  • universals and particulars of affect
  • embodying affect
  • political economies of affect
  • affect, power and justice.

Each main part comprises three sections dedicated to substantive themes, including emotions, history and civilization; emotions and culture; emotions selfhood and identity; emotions and the media; emotions and politics; emotions, space and place, with a final section dedicated to themes of compassion, hate and terror. Each of the twelve sections begins with an editorial introduction that contextualizes the readings and highlights points of comparison across the volume. Cross-national in content, the collection provides an introduction to the key debates, concepts and modes of approach that have been developed by social scientist for the study of emotion and affective life.


"Among other things this book will serve to open the doors between the different corridors of the world of social scientists and their different areas of expertise, educated students to maintain the attention to other social fields so as to be capable of identifying research outcomes as well as to be critical of research trends."Dina Mendonca, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, Metapsychology Online Reviews

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Emotion and Social Science Monica Greco and Paul Stenner Part 1: Universals and Particulars of Affect Emotions, history and civilization 1. FROM PASSIONS TO EMOTIONS Thomas Dixon 2. ON CHANGES IN AGGRESSIVENESS and THE MUTING OF DRIVES Norbert Elias 3. THE POLITICS OF AGORAPHOBIA Abram De Swaan 4. HISTORICAL ISSUES IN EMOTION RESEARCH: CAUSATION AND TIMING Peter N. Stearns and Deborah C. Stearns Emotions and Culture 5. ENGENDERED EMOTION Catherine Lutz 6. AGAINST CONSTRUCTIONISM William Reddy 7. FEELING AND THINKING IN MEMORY AND FORGETTING Michael E. Harkin 8. NEGOTIATING SHAME IN THE INDONESIAN BORDERLANDS Johan Lindquist Emotions and Society 9. EMOTION IN SOCIAL LIFE AND SOCIAL THEORY Jack Barbalet 10. EMBARRASSMENT AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION Erving Goffman 11. EMOTION AND SOCIAL LIFE: A SYMBOLIC INTERACTIONIST ANALYSIS Susan Shott 12: EMOTION WORK, FEELING RULES, AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE Arlie R. Hochschild 13. POWER, STATUS AND EMOTION Theodore D. Kemper 14. THE ROLE OF EMOTION IN SOCIAL STRUCTURE Randall Collins 15. INDIVIDUALITY OF PSYCHIC SYSTEMS Niklas Luhmann Part 2: Embodying Affect Emotions, Selfhood and Identity 16. REVISIONS IN SCRIPT THEORY Silvan S. Tomkins 17. COOL RULES Dick Pountain and David Robins 18. TRUE FEELINGS, THE SELF, AND AUTHENTICITY Charles Morgan and James R. Averill 19. RECONCILING EMOTIONS WITH WESTERN PERSONHOOD Agneta Fischer and Jeroen Jansz 20. SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS IN SHAME: THE ROLE OF THE ‘OTHER’ W. Ray Crozier Emotions, Space and Place 21. INTENSITIES OF FEELING: TOWARDS A SPATIAL POLITICS OF AFFECT Nigel Thrift 22. INEQUALITIES OF THE HEART Rani Kawale 23. AUTOMOTIVE EMOTIONS: FEELING THE CAR Mimi Sheller 24. DOMESTIC GEOGRAPHIES OF AFFECT Ben Anderson Emotions and Health 25. THE EXPRESSIVE BODY Peter E. Freund 26. PORTRAYALS OF SUFFERING Alan Radley 27. METAPHORS OUR BODYMINDS LIVE BY James M. Wilce and Laurie J. Price 28. THE WORK OF ANTIDEPRESSANTS Elizabeth A. Wilson 29. DISORDERS WITHOUT BORDERS? Nikolas Rose Part 3: Political Economies of Affect Emotions in Work and Organizations 30. RACIAL SILENCES IN STUDIES OF EMOTION WORK Kiran Mirchandani 31. GETTING THE MEASURE OF EMOTION – AND THE CAUTIONARY TALE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE Stephen Fineman 32. THE CARING-KILLING PARADOX Charlie L. Reeve, Steven G. Rogelberg, Christiane Spitzmüller and Natalie DiGiacomo 33. MEDICAL STUDENTS’ CONTACT WITH THE LIVING AND THE DEAD Allen C. Smith and Sherryl Kleinman Emotions, Economics and Consumer Culture 34. THE ROMANTIC ETHIC AND THE SPIRIT OF MODERN CONSUMERISM Colin Campbell 35. A THEORY OF SHOPPING Danny Miller 36. INVESTING IN EMOTION Daniel Lefkowitz 37. EMOTIONS AND ECONOMIC THEORY Jon Elster Emotions and the Media 38. THE AUDIENCE AND MEDIA REPORTING OF HUMAN SUFFERING Birgitte Höijer 39. CHAV MUM CHAV SCUM Imogen Tyler 40. TALKING ALONE Minna Aslama and Mervi Pantti 41. THE MOOD CUE APPROACH Greg M. Smith Part 4: Affect, Power and Justice Emotions and Politics 42. THE EMOTIONAL DEFICIT IN POLITICAL COMMUNICATION Barry Richards 43. PRIDE POLITICS AND MULTICULTURALIST CITIZENSHIP Anne-marie Fortier 44. A MUSEUM OF HOPE: A STORY OF ROBBEN ISLAND Clifford Shearing and Michael Kempa 45. AMBIVALENCE AND THE EMERGENCE OF MILITANT AIDS ACTIVISM Deborah Gould Emotions and Law 46. SENSITIVE NEW AGE LAWS Kathy Laster and Pat O’Malley 47. THE EMOTIONAL DIMENSION IN LEGAL REGULATION Bettina Lange 48. AFFECTIVE VERSUS EFFECTIVE JUSTICE Arie Freiberg 49. MAKE-BELIEVE PAPERS, LEGAL FORMS AND THE COUNTERFEIT Yael Navaro-Yashin 50. EMOTIONS AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE Susanne Karstedt Compassion, Hate, and Terror 51. A LEXICON OF TERROR Marguerite Feitlowitz 52. COMPASSION (AND WITHHOLDING) Lauren Berlant 53. VIOLENCE, MOURNING, POLITICS Judith Budler 54. EMOTIONAL CONTAGION Elaine Hatfield and Richard L. Rapson 55. THE COMPASSIONATE TEMPERAMENT Nathan Sznaider Guide to further reading Name index Subject index

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General