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Human Emotions

A Sociological Theory, 1st Edition

By Jonathan H. Turner


256 pages | 20 B/W Illus.

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This major theoretical work takes existing work on the emotions in significantly new directions. It gives a comprehensive account of emotions, beginning with general sociological principles, moving over important theory construction of social formation and applying this to a detailed and unified 'grand' theory of human emotions.

Presenting a unified view of the emotions in the social universe, the book explores the relationships between emotions, social structure, and culture. Turner hypotheses how social structure and culture affect emotional arousal in humans, and vice versa.

This book is essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students researching sociology of emotions, social psychology, and contemporary social theory, and is also relevant for students and researchers working in the fields of psychology and cultural studies.


"Turner outlines an impressive, elaborate theory encompassing all of social reality, with emotions taking a central role throughout…Turner has thrown down the gauntlet, giving sociologists a clearly outlined, well-stated theory that generates myriad testable hypotheses."

-- Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 38 No.2

Table of Contents

1. Human Emotions 2. Why did Humans Become so Emotional? 3. Social Structure, Culture, and Emotions 4. Emotional Arousal: Basic Principles 5. Transactional Needs and Emotional Arousal 6. Social Structure and Emotional Arousal 7. Culture and Emotional Arousal 8. Emotions and Social Change 9. The Theory Reviewed

About the Author

Jonathan H. Turner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Riverside.

Subject Categories

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