Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure: A Macrosociological Approach

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 2001 - Psychology - 210 pages
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Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure takes sociology in a new direction. It examines key aspects of social structure by using a fresh understanding of emotions categories. Through that synthesis emerge new perspectives on rationality, class structure, social action, conformity, basic rights, and social change. As well as giving an innovative view of social processes, J. M. Barbalet's study also reveals unappreciated aspects of emotions by considering fear, resentment, vengefulness, shame, and confidence in the context of social structure. While much has been written on the social consequences of excessive or pathological emotions, this book demonstrates the centrality of emotions to routine operations of social interaction. Dr Barbalet also re-evaluates the nature of social theory, for once the importance of emotions to social processes becomes clear, the intellectual constitution of sociology, and therefore its history, must be rethought.
  

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Contents

Emotion in social life and social theory
8
Emotion and rationality
29
Class and resentment
62
Action and confidence
82
Conformity and shame
103
Rights resentment and vengefulness
126
Fear and change
149
Epilogue
170
References
192
Index
207
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J. M. Barbalet is Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Leicester, England. He has published widely in sociological theory, political sociology, and the sociology of the emotions.

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