This edited collection takes a critical perspective on Norbert Elias’s theory of the "civilizing process," through historical essays and contemporary analysis from sociologists and cultural theorists. It focuses on changes in emotional regimes or styles and considers the intersection of emotions and social change, historically and contemporaneously. The book is set in the context of increasing interest among humanities and social science scholars in reconsidering the significance of emotion and affect in society, and the development of empirical research and theorizing around these subjects. Some have labeled this interest as an "affective turn" or a "turn to affect," which suggests a profound and wide-ranging reshaping of disciplines. Building upon complex theoretical models of emotions and social change, the chapters exemplify this shift in analysis of emotions and affect, and suggest different approaches to investigation which may help to shape the direction of sociological and historical thinking and research.
Introduction 1. The Emotional Turn in the Humanities and Social Sciences David Lemmings and Ann Brooks 2. Norbert Elias and Emotions in History Robert van Krieken 3. "The Affective Turn" in the Social Sciences and the Gendered Nature of Emotions: Theorizing Emotions in the Social Sciences from 1800 to the Present Ann Brooks Part 1: Identifying Emotional Communities 4. Searching for Emotional Communities in Late Medieval England Melissa Raine 5. The Emotional Economies of Protestant Missions to Aboriginal People in Nineteenth-Century Australia Claire McLisky 6. Mediated Public Emotion: Collective Grief and Australian Natural Disasters Michelle Duffy and Susan Yell Part 2: Emotions and Enlightened Empires: Histories of Contested Emotions 7. Adam Ferguson’s Sociology of Emotion Lisa Hill 8. The Discontents of the Civilizing Process: "Beauty & Booty" and the Problem of Colonial Affect in the American War of 1812 Nicole Eustace 9. Politics and Changing Views of Jealousy in the Antebellum US Michael E. Woods Part 3: Emotions and the Happy Life: The Modern Politics of Emotions 10. Norbert Elias and the Sociology of Resentment Bryan S. Turner 11. Abortion, Selflessness and "Happy Objects" Erica Millar 12. Civilizing Marriage: Norbert Elias, Same-Sex Marriage and the State Carol Johnson Part 4: Trajectories of Civilization and De-Civilization?: Elias, Violence and Regression in Modern Societies 13. Comparative Reflections on The Civilizing Process Peter Mayer 14. Marie Corelli, Shame and the "New Woman" in Fin-de-Siècle Britain Sharon Crozier-De Rosa