Sociology of Emotions

The emotions that human beings experience play a fundamental role in all social phenomena. As a result, sociology needs to incorporate the analysis of emotions into its objects of study. This process began three decades ago with the birth of the sociology of emotions. This article offers an introductory and critical overview of the work sociologists of emotions have carried out so far. The sociology of emotions in both its theoretical development  and  in  its  empirical  studies  has,  up until  now,  focused  more  on  the  structures  and processes of micro-interactions  than on  social emotional macro-phenomena. Although  this  shortcoming  has  recently  been  recognized  and  efforts  to address it are being made, it is evident that a macro-sociology of emotions remains to be developed.

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About Giorgio Bertini

Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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