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Emotions, Everyday Life and Sociology

ISBN 9780367897291
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

This volume explores the emotions that are intricately woven into the texture of everyday life and experience. A contribution to the literature on the sociology of emotions, it focuses on the role of emotions as being integral to daily life, broadening our understanding by examining both ‘core’ emotions and those that are often overlooked or omitted from more conventional studies. Bringing together theoretical and empirical studies from scholars across a range of subjects, including sociology, psychology, cultural studies, history, politics and cognitive science, this international collection centres on the ‘everyday-ness’ of emotional experience.

Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements

List of Contributors

Introduction: Emotions, Emotions, Everywhere Emotions! - On Emotions, Everyday Life and Sociology (Michael Hviid Jacobsen)

1. Trust - What Is It and Why Do We Need It? (Paul R. Ward)

2. Loyalty - The Emotion of Future Expectation, Felt Now, Based on the Past (James M.) Connor

3. Dignity - An Exploration of Dignity’s Role and Meaning in Daily Life (Barbara A. Misztal)

4. Compassion - Conflicted Social Feeling and the Calling to Care (Iain Wilkinson)

5. Courage - It’s Not All About Overcoming Fear (Amir B. Marvasti)

6. Excitement - Risk and Authentic Emotion (Stephen Lyng)

7. Embarrassment - Experiencing Awkward Self-Awareness in Everyday Life (Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Søren Kristiansen)

8. Shyness - Self-Consciously Perceived Relative Social Incompetence (Susie Scott)

9. Envy - Hostility Towards Superiors (Gordon Clanton)

10. Guilt - What’s So Good about Feeling Bad about Yourself? (Vessela Misheva)

11. Anger - An Emotion of Intent and of Desire for Change in Relationships‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ (Keith Oatley and Jennifer M. Jenkins)

12. Grief - The Painfulness of Permanent Human Absence (Anders Petersen and Michael Hviid Jacobsen)

13. Boredom - Emptiness in the Modern World (Patrick Gamsby)

14. Laziness - From Medieval Sin to Late Modern Social Pathology (Michael Hviid Jacobsen)


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Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark. His research is concerned with topics such as crime, utopia, ethics, death and dying, palliative care, qualitative methods and social theory. His recent publications include Beyond Bauman, Postmortal Society, The Interactionist Imagination and Liquid Criminology.