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Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions

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

  • A comprehensive primer on the sociological aspects of emotion
  • The first reference work to review, critique, and discuss the future of research into the sociology of emotions
  • Features contributions by key practitioners in the field
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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.

This seminal work is divided into sections on:

-Basic processes (including classification)

-Theories: cultural, ritual, identity, self, social exchange, evolutionary, and others

-Select Emotions: love, jealousy, envy, empathy, sympathy, anger, grief, and others

-Emotions in Social Life

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.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions
  • Jan E. Stets
  • Jonathan H. Turner
Series Title
Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag New York
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Number of Pages
XV, 657
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations