1st Edition

Methods of Exploring Emotions

Edited By Helena Flam, Jochen Kleres Copyright 2015
    330 Pages
    by Routledge

    330 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gathering scholars from different disciplines, this book is the first on how to study emotions using sociological, historical, linguistic, anthropological, psychological, cultural, and mixed approaches. Bringing together the emerging lines of inquiry, it lays foundations for an overdue methodological debate.

    The volume offers entrancing short essays, richly illustrated with examples and anecdotes, that provide basic knowledge about how to pursue emotions in texts, interviews, observations, spoken language, visuals, historical documents, and surveys. The contributors are respectful of those being researched and are mindful of the effects of their own feelings on the conclusions. The book thus touches upon the ethics of research in vivid first person accounts.

    Methods are notoriously difficult to teach—this collection fills the gap between dry methods books and students’ need to know more about the actual research practice.

    1. Introduction: Methods of Exploring Emotions, Helena Flam  Part 1: Emotions – A legitimate object of study  2. Using Fiction as Sociology: How to analyze emotions with the help of novels, Helmut Kuzmics  3. "It’s all in the Plot" – Narrative explorations of work-related emotions, Yiannis Gabriel and Eda Ulus  4. "Studying Up" – Emotions and finance decisions, Jocelyn Pixley  5. Exploring Emotion Discourse, Tamar Katriel  6. The Rhetoric of Emotions, Barbara Czarniawska  Part 2: Eliciting Emotions Through Interviews  7. Researching Dark Emotions: Eliciting Stories of Envy, Ishan Jalan  8. Emotional Expertise: Emotions and the expert interview, Jochen Kleres  9. Dialogic Introspection – A method for exploring emotions in everyday-life and experimental contexts, Thomas Burkart and Jenny Weggen  Part 3: Observing Emotions in Self and Others  10. How Do We Know What They Feel?, Åsa Wettergren  11. Emotional Insights in the Field, Stina Bergman Blix  12. Emotions: The discovery of an object and the development of a method, Denise Van Dam and Jean Nizet  13. Emotional Alliances in Bureaucratic Encounters, Alberto Martín Pérez  14. Can You Feel Your Research Results? How to deal with and gain insights from emotions generated during oral history interviews, Benno Gammerl  15. When Your Data Make You Cry, Deborah Gould  16. Funerary Emotions: Categorizing Data From a Fieldwork Diary, Julien Bernard  17. Researching "Emotional Geographies" in Schools: The value of critical ethnography, Michalinos Zembylas  Part 4: Speaking Emotions  18. Linguistic Affect as Methodological Lens: The micro and macro of finding affect in language, H. Julia Eksner  19. Emotion and Concep


    Helena Flam received Fil.Kand. from Lunds Universitet, Sweden, and her PhD in Sociology from Columbia University, US. Since 1993 she has been an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Leipzig, Germany. She has published on emotions, social movements, organizations, and discrimination. She is a founder and a past convener of the European Research Network on Emotions affiliated with the European Sociological Association.

    Jochen Kleres, PhD, has used emotions analysis in his research on civil society, AIDS, migration, and organizations. He is currently pursuing a post-doctoral project at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Presently serving as the convener of the European Research Network on Emotions, he is the author of the very first methods text discussing how to identify and analyze emotions in autobiographic narratives.