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Emotions in Social Life : Critical Themes and Contemporary Issues - Gillian Bendelow

Emotions in Social Life

Critical Themes and Contemporary Issues

By: Gillian Bendelow (Editor), Simon J. Williams (Editor)

Paperback Published: 6th November 1997
ISBN: 9780415137997
Number Of Pages: 368

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The development of a sociology of emotions is crucial to our understanding of social life. Emotions are 'social things', they are controlled and managed in our everyday lives and transcend the divides between mind and body, nature and culture, structure and action. In this way, they hold a crucial key to our understanding of social processes and can push forward the boundaries of sociological investigation. Yet the dominance of rationality in Western (masculinist) social thought has led to the relative neglect of emotions as 'irrational', private, inner sensations which have been tied to women's 'hysterical bodies'. In this sense, emotions are seen to be the very antithesis of the detached scientific mind and its quest for 'objectivity'. However as the course of human history has testified, crucial implications stem from the separation of reason and feeling. Emotions have fundamental implications for all pertinent sociological themes and issues, in particular, social action and social identity, gender, sexuality and intimacy, the embodiment of emotions across the life-course (from childhood to old age), health and illness, and the social organisation of emotions in the workplace. Unique and timely, Emotions in Social Life acts to consolidate the sociology of emotions as a legitimate and viable field of enquiry. It provides a comprehensive 'state of the art' assessment of the sociology of emotions drawing upon work from scholars of international stature, as well as newer writers in the field. It presents new empirical research in conjunction with innovative and challenging theoretical material, and will be essential reading for students of medical sociology, health psychology as well as gender studies. Gillian Bendelow, University of Warwick, UK, Debra Bone, University of California, USA, Nick Crossley, University of Sheffield, UK, Norman Denzin, Jean Duncombe, Simon Forrest,

Introduction
Emotions in Social Life: Mapping the Sociological Terrain
Critical Perspectives on Emotions
The Sociology of Emotion as a Way of Seeing
Emotion and Communicative Action: Habermas, Linguistic Philosophy and Existentialism
The Limitations of Cultural Constructionism in the Study of Emotion
The Sociogenesis of Emotion: an Historical Sociology?
The Mediation of Emotional Experience
Bored and Blase: Television, the Emotions and Georg Simmel
In Search of the Inner Child: Co-Dependence and Gender in a Cyberspace Community
Emotions, Cyberspace and the 'Virtual' Body: a Critical Appraisal
Emotions and the Body through the Life Course
Children, Emotion and Daily Life through the Life Course
'Shorties, Low-Lifers, Hardnuts and Kings':Boys and the transformation of emotions in school
Ageing and Emotion
Sexuality, Intimacy and Personal Relationships
Masculinity and Emotional Life Rejection, Fear and Intimacy
'Stepford Wives' and 'Hollow Men': doing emotion work, doing gender and 'authenticity' in Intimate Heterosexual Relationships
Changes in the 'Lustbalance' of Sex and Love since the Sexual Revolution: the Example of the Netherlands
Emotions and Health
Pain, Emotions and Gender
Social Performances and their Discontents: the Biopsychosocial Aspects of Dramaturgical Stress
'Getting the Job Done': Emotion Management and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in Nursing
Emotions in Rationalizing Organizations: Conceptual Notes from Professional Nursing in the US
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ISBN: 9780415137997
ISBN-10: 0415137993
Series: Economy; 11
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 6th November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 15.62  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1