Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research

Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions

Editors: Stets, Jan, Turner, Jonathan H. (Eds.)

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For almost thirty years, sociologists have increasingly theorized about and conducted research on human emotions. Surprisingly, it was not until the 1970s that the sociology of emotions emerged as a coherent field of inquiry. What makes this late date surprising is that it is now obvious that human behavior, interaction, and organization are driven by emotions. It was an immense oversight for emotions to be de-emphasized in sociological theorizing and research for most of its 175 year history. Since the 1970s, however, the study of emotions has accelerated and is now at the forefront of sociological analysis.

This book is designed to bring the reader up to date on the theory and research traditions that have proliferated in the analysis of human emotions. Key figures who have carried the sociology of emotions to its current level of prominence review their own work and the work of others who have made contributions to a particular approach to the study of emotions. The outcome is a comprehensive book that serves as a primer on the cutting edge of sociological work in what is obviously a key dynamic in human affairs.

The first section of the book addresses the range of emotions and how they can be classified, the neurological underpinnings of emotions, and the effect of gender on emotions. The second section reviews the prominent sociological theories of emotions, including theories emphasizing power and status, rituals, identity and self, psychoanalytic dynamics, exchange, expectation states, and evolution.While there is little integration among these theories, this state of affairs will not last forever. The third section addresses theory and research on specific emotions such as love, jealousy and envy, empathy, sympathy, anger, grief, and the moral emotions. While this list does not exhaust the range of human feeling, they are central emotions that drive human behavior, interaction, and social organization. The last section explores how the study of emotions has added new insight into other subfields within sociology such as the study of the workplace, health, and social movements. These chapters illustrate how the sociology of emotions can provide new research and theory for the large numbers of specialties within sociology.

Although no book can completely cover a field, even a relatively new one like the sociology of emotions, this Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions comes close to being comprehensive. The reader will come away with a greater appreciation for how far the sociology of emotions has developed and prospered over the last thirty years.

Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Jan E. Stets, Jonathan H. Turner

    Pages 1-7

  • The Classification of Emotions

    Robert A. Thamm

    Pages 11-37

  • The Neuroscience of Emotions

    David D. Franks

    Pages 38-62

  • Gender and Emotion

    Stephanie A. Shields, Dallas N. Garner, Brooke Di Leone, et al.

    Pages 63-83

  • Power and Status and the Power-Status Theory of Emotions

    Theodore D. Kemper

    Pages 87-113

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eBook $349.00
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Hardcover $439.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions
Editors
  • Jan Stets
  • Jonathan H. Turner
Series Title
Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-30715-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-30715-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-30713-8
Series ISSN
1389-6903
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 657
Topics