Emotions Matter: A Relational Approach to Emotions

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Alan Hunt, Kevin Walby, Dale Spencer
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2012 - Social Science - 326 pages

The sociology of emotions has recently undergone a renaissance, raising new questions for the social sciences: How should we define and study emotions? How are emotions related to perennial sociological debates about structure, power, and agency? Emotions Matter brings together leading international scholars to build on and extend sociological understandings of emotions.

Moving beyond reductionist approaches that frame emotions as idiosyncratic states of mind, the scholars in this collection conceptualize emotions as the experience of social relations. Empirical and theoretical chapters demonstrate how emotions relate to sociological theories of interaction, the body, gender, and communication. Pushing the boundaries of sociology and stimulating debate for related fields, Emotions Matter offers diverse relational approaches that illustrate the crucial importance of emotions to the sociological imagination.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
CONCEPTUAL ISSUES IN THE SOCIOLOGY
9
Emotions Crucible
15
Sociable Happiness
40
Feeling a Feeling in Emotion Management
63
Introducing a Concept
86
Emotions Inand Knowing
161
EMOTIONS AND EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATIONS
177
Emoiional Deviance and Mental Disorder
201
Polyamory or Polyagony? Jealousy in Open Relationships
223
Experiential Brands and Urban
240
Auiisiic Autobiographies and MorethanHuman
260
References
281
Index
321
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Alan Hunt is Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University.

Kevin Walby is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Victoria.

Dale Spencer is a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta.

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