1st Edition

Emotions in Late Modernity

ISBN 9780815354321
Published February 20, 2019 by Routledge
342 Pages

USD $155.00

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Book Description

This international collection discusses how the individualised, reflexive, late modern era has changed the way we experience and act on our emotions. Divided into four sections that include studies ranging across multiple continents and centuries, Emotions in Late Modernity does the following:

  1. Demonstrates an increased awareness and experience of emotional complexity in late modernity by challenging the legal emotional/rational divide; positive/negative concepts of emotional valence; sociological/ philosophical/psychological divisions around emotion, morality and gender; and traditional understandings of love and loneliness.
  2. Reveals tension between collectivised and individualised-privatised emotions in investigating ‘emotional sharing’ and individualised responsibility for anger crimes in courtrooms; and the generation of emotional energy and achievement emotions in classrooms.
  3. Debates the increasing mediation of emotions by contrasting their historical mediation (through texts and bodies) with contemporary digital mediation of emotions in classroom teaching, collective mobilisations (e.g. riots) and film and documentary representations.
  4. Demonstrates reflexive micro and macro management of emotions, with examinations of the ‘politics of fear’ around asylum seeking and religious subjects, and collective commitment to climate change mitigation.

The first collection to investigate the changing nature of emotional experience in contemporary times, Emotions in Late Modernity will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as sociology of emotions, cultural studies, political science and psychology.

Table of Contents



  • References

Chapter One, Emotions in late modernity

  • Introduction
  • Emotions across history
    • Classical emotions
    • Modern emotions
    • Late modernity

  • Emotions in late modernity
    • Complexity of emotions, and newly complex emotions
    • Individualised emotions
    • Commodified emotions
    • Mediated emotions
    • Reflexively managed emotions

  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • References

Section One, Emotional complexity and complex understanding of emotions

Chapter Two, Emotive-cognitive rationality, background emotions and emotion work

  • Introduction
  • Emotion and reason
  • Emotion, action and emotion work
  • Assumptions and implications of the model
  • Emotion regime vs emotive-cognitive frame
  • The Migration Board –procedural correctness
  • Conclusion
  • References

Chapter Three, Conceptualising valences in emotion theories: A sociological approach

  • Conceptualisations of emotional valences
  • What is emotional valence
    • Valence and hedonicity
    • Valence and polarity
    • Valence and solidarity
    • Valence and health
    • Valence and biology

  • Clarifying emotional valence for a sociology of emotions
  • Emotions in late modern societies
  • Chapter summary and concluding remarks
  • Acknowledgement
  • References

Chapter Four, Emotion and morality: A sociological reading of the philosophy of emotion

  • Introduction
  • On emotion and morality: Philosophy
  • On emotion and morality: Sociology
  • Conclusion
  • Reference

Chapter Five, Sociological approaches to the study of gender and emotion in late modernity: Culture, structure, & identity

  • Introduction
  • Symbolic interaction/dramaturgy
  • Group processes
  • Social structure and personality
  • Affect control theory
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • References

Chapter Six, Loneliness and love in late modernity: Sites of tension and resistance

  • Introduction
  • Love and loneliness in late modernity
  • Social media and loneliness
  • Companion animals and loneliness
  • Conclusion
  • References

Section Two, Individualised emotions as private responsibility

Chapter Seven, Emotions and criminal law: New perspectives on an enduring presence

  • Introduction
  • Emotion sharing: Universal dynamics in criminal justice settings
    • Emotion sharing: The framework
    • The legal setting: restraining or enabling?
    • Disjunctions: Emotion sharing between victims, perpetrators and audiences

  • Conclusion: Enhancing the emotion capacity of criminal justice
  • References

Chapter Eight, Undramatic emotions in learning: A sociological model

  • Introduction
  • Conceptualisation of emotional energy
  • A graphical model of emotional energy
    • Feelings
    • Ideas
    • Bodily movements
    • Intensity of emotional energy

  • Separating notions of intensity, drama and valence
    • High intensity, undramatic emotional energy

  • Implications and future research
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

Chapter Nine, Emotions and the criminal law: Anger and the defence of provocation

  • Introduction
  • The law of provocation/loss of sell control
  • Emotions and late modernity: Anger and self-control
    • The philosophical literature

  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • References
    • Cases
    • Text

Chapter Ten, Achievement emotions: A control-value theory perspective

  • Introduction
  • Emotion and achievement emotions
  • Origins of achievement emotions
    • Appraisals as proximal individual antecedents
    • Distal individual antecedents: The role of achievement goals
    • The influence of tasks and social environments

  • Functions of emotions for learning and achievement
    • Positive emotions: Enjoyment, hope, pride and relief

  • Reciprocal causation, emotion regulation, and therapy
  • Relative universality of achievement emotions
  • Concluding comments
  • References

Section Three, Mediated Emotions

Chapter Eleven, Mediating English historical evolution in Charles Kingsley’s Hereward the Wake (1866)

  • Englishness and ‘the spirit of freedom’
  • Degenerate monks and manly protestants
  • Hereward: Avatar of English racial evolution
  • Emotion and the resilience of English separatism
  • References

Chapter Twelve, Affect and automation: A critical genealogy of the emotions

  • Introduction
  • The strange sad tale of James Tilly Matthews and the air loom
  • Automata as wonder machines: Entanglements of intimacy and industrialisation
  • Affect: Autonomic vs automated
  • Conclusion
  • References

Chapter Thirteen, The digital mediation of emotions in late modernity

  • Introduction
  • Depicting and evoking emotions in images
  • Music, emotions and multimodality
  • Research description
  • Analysis: Extending the appraisal framework to the moving image
  • Findings: A multimodal analysis of film
  • Conclusion and recommendations for research and educational practice
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgement
  • References

Chapter Fourteen, Public feeling: the entanglement of emotion and technology in the 2011 riots

  • Introduction
  • Context of disturbance
  • Mainstream media response to the riots
  • A politics of resentment
  • Digital society and mediated emotion
  • Affect and assemblage
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • References

Chapter Fifteen, Store feelings: Emotions, culture, media

  • Introduction
  • Sociocultural emotionality
  • In defence of narrativity
    • Mediated pleasure
    • Sound
    • Images

  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • References

Chapter Sixteen, Screening the refugee: Freedom stories and the performance of empathy in an "emotional community"

  • Asylum seeker policy in Australia
  • Empathy as the "Correct" Response
  • Refugee documentaries and mediated community screenings
  • Witnessing and the performance of empathy
  • Mediated affect and publics in late modernity
  • References

Section Four, Micro and macro-reflexively managed emotions

Chapter Seventeen, Impartiality and emotion in everyday judicial practice

  • Introduction
  • The performance of impartiality
  • Research design
  • Judicial officers’ understanding(s) of impartiality
    • The judicial oath
    • Putting aside bias and emotion

  • Impartiality and emotion management
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • References

Chapter Eighteen, Power (con)passion and trust in interprofessional healthcare

  • Introduction
  • Healthcare hierarchy
  • Emotions in healthcare hierarchies
    • Interaction rituals
    • Emotional discourses

  • Interprofessional care models and emotion
  • Late modern, emotionally reflexive clinicians
  • Conclusion
  • References

Chapter Nineteen, Compassion and power: (emotional) reflexivity in asylum seeker friendship programs

  • Introduction
  • The politics of fear
  • Asylum seeker friendship programs
  • The dark side of compassion
  • Empirical investigations
    • The imperative to act
    • Negotiating privilege
    • Shared performances

  • Reflexivity in late modernity
  • Notes
  • References

Chapter Twenty, Affective dynamics of conflicts between religious practice and secular self-understanding: Insights from the male circumcision and ‘Burkini’ debates

  • Introduction
  • ‘Religious’ emotions in historical perspective
  • The religious-secular divide as an affective arrangement
  • Cases and discourses
  • Conclusion
  • References

Chapter Twenty-one, Towards ‘keystone feelings’: An affective architectonics for climate grief

  • The (affective) politics of commitment
  • Anthropocene anxiety and anticipation
  • Post-script (a word on keystone feelings)
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgement
  • References

Conclusion, Emotion in late modernity

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Roger Patulny is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Research Methods at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Alberto Bellocchi is a Principal Research Fellow and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Australia.

Rebecca E. Olson is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Sukhmani Khorana is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Jordan McKenzie is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

Michelle Peterie is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia; and current co-convener of The Australian Sociological Association’s Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group.