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Understanding Events : Affect and the Construction of Social Action - David R. Heise

Understanding Events

Affect and the Construction of Social Action

Paperback Published: 25th February 1980
ISBN: 9780521295444
Number Of Pages: 208

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It is Professor Heise's premise that the psychology of affect theoretically governs common social actions, such as those of a patient toward a doctor or a mother toward a child. Human behaviour, he argues, normally promotes the maintenance of a steady emotional state. Should events produce undue strain, the individual attempts to anticipate subsequent developments, formulate a course of action and create new events designed to confirm his established sentiments. This book lays the foundation for this approach to interpreting events: it offers a mathematical model grounded in empirical procedures for analysing what happens in social relationships. Topics covered in the book include how situations are defined and events constructed, past research on processes of impression formation, the mathematical derivation for predicting behaviour and the application of this approach to the study of roles. Throughout the book, the theory is shown to be relevant not only for the construction of social action, but also for the reconstruction of events and, in particular, for the identification of social deviants.

Affect control and situated action
Affective reactions
Event construction and retroduction
Analysing social processes
Social roles
Current status of affect-control theory
Appendix: Catalogues of social identities and interpersonal acts
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ISBN: 9780521295444
ISBN-10: 0521295440
Series: Cambridge Studies in Cultural Systems
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 25th February 1980
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.31