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Emotions in Social Life
Critical Themes and Contemporary Issues

ISBN 9780415137997
Published December 15, 1997 by Routledge
368 Pages

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Book Description

The development of a sociology of emotions is crucial to our understanding of social life as they hold the key to our understanding of social processes and sociological investigation.

First published in 1997, Emotions in Social Life consolidates the sociology of emotions as a legitimate and viable field of enquiry. It provides a comprehensive assessment of the sociology of emotions using work from scholars of international stature, as well as newer writers in the field. It presents new empirical research in conjunction with innovative and challenging theoretical material, and will be essential reading for students of sociology, health psychology, anthropology and gender studies.

Table of Contents

Contents: Part I Critical perspectivers on emotions 1. The sociology of emotion as a way of seeing 2. Emotion and communicative action: Havermas, linguistic philosophy and existentialism 3. The limitations of cultural constructionism in the study of emotion 4. The sociogenesis of emotions: a historical sociology? Part II The mediation of emotional experience 5. 'Bored and blasé': television, the emotions andf Georg Simmel 6. In search of the inner child: co-dependency and gender in a cyberspace community 7. Emotions, cyberspace and the 'virtual' body: a critical appraisal. Part III Emotions and the body through the life-course 8. Children, emotions and daily life at home and school. 9. 'Shorties, low-lifers, hardnuts and kings': boys, emotions and emobodiment in school 10. Aging and the emotions Part IV Sexuality, initmacy and personal relations 11. Masculinity, violence and emotional life 12. 'Stepford wives' and 'holow men'? Doing emotion work, doing gender and  'authenticity' in intimate heterosexual relationships 13.  Changes in the 'lust balance' of sex and love since the sexual revolution: the example in the Netherlands Part V Emotions and Health 14. Emotions, pain and gender 15. Social performances and their discontents: the bio[psychological aspects of dramaturgical stress 16. 'getting the job done': emotion management and cardiopulmonary resuscitation in nursing 17. Emotions in rationalizing organizations: conceptual notes from preofessional nursing in the USA

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Gillian Bendelow is a lecturer and Simon J. Williams is a Research Fellow, both at the University of Warwick, Coventry.


'This volume shows how crucial implications arise from the separation of reason and feeling. It covers critical perpectives on the topic, the mediation of emotional experience, the body and sexuality, intimacy, and the connection between emotions and health.' - Network No 67 August 1998