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Transcending Crisis by Attending to Care, Emotion, and Flourishing

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ISBN 9781032196862
March 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

This innovative book offers new empirical research and policy-relevant care practices from across the globe to understand the interrelation of care, emotion, and flourishing in the context of acute and persistent crises. 


From COVID-19 responses around the world to the opioid epidemic in the United States, this volume investigates collective and individual crises as symptoms of underlying systemic pathologies that demand a deep engagement with structure and culture while drawing on interdisciplinary perspectives from psychology, nursing, sociology, and social work. Addressing the multi-level challenges of caring in families, schools, organizations, and communities, this book presents examples of research and practice that demonstrate compassion, resilience, productive collaboration, and flourishing. It documents the social conditions and processes that spawn effective solutions and positive emotional and health outcomes, which often occur in the midst of chaos, rapid social change, and substantial suffering. The first section focuses on care, emotions, and flourishing in healthcare and educational contexts to examine nurses, students, and teachers as they respond to enduring and acute crises. Section two turns to community and family contexts to understand how emotions and care intertwine in the flourishing practices of women and communities facing isolation during COVID-19, parents of opioid users, and international efforts to address child abuse and healthy aging. Geographically, the book includes experiences in Canada, Ghana, India, Italy, Sweden, the UK, and the US. Each chapter discusses how we can move from managing emotions and coping with crisis to transcending crisis and promoting flourishing. The book includes case studies that illustrate hopeful and successful practices that might help us meet the challenges we face in this moment and move through them with compassion and enhanced flourishing.


Examining care across a range of professional contexts, including healthcare, education, community, and family settings, the authors explore similarities and differences in how these contexts shape care practices in light of collective threats and crises. This book is also a valuable contribution to the literatures on health and illness, the sociology of emotions, and the interdisciplinary field of well-being and flourishing.

Table of Contents

1.Introduction to Transcending Crisis.  Part I: Transcending Crises in Healthcare and Education.  2.Talking Emotional Labor: Institutionalizing Emotional Support for Health Care Workers.  3.Building Academic Resilience in Secondary School Students: A Research Review and Case Study.  4.The Unanticipated Challenges and Rewards of Carework: Remote Teaching & Student Precarity During COVID-19.  5.Flourishing among Nursing Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Part II: Transcending Crises in Communities and Families.  6.Emotional Communities in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Collaborative Auto-Ethnographic Approach.  7.It’s Power, Not Pandemic: How Identifying Power Structures Enables Emotional Resilience During Crisis Care-giving.  8- From Discovery to Recovery: Parents’ Temporal Emotion Practice in Relation to a Child’s Opioid Use Disorder.  9.Seven.  10.From Fixing to Flourishing in Gerontological Social Work Research.

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Marci D. Cottingham is Associate Professor of Sociology at Kenyon College, USA. She was previously Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and a visiting fellow at the Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany.

Rebecca J. Erickson is Professor of Sociology, and Chair of Sociology and Anthropology at The University of Akron, USA.

Matthew T. Lee is Professor of the Social Sciences and Humanities at the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University and Flourishing Network Director and Research Associate at the Human Flourishing Program in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, USA. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Health, Flourishing, and Positive Psychology at Stony Brook University’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics.