Affect and Emotion: A New Social Science Understanding

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SAGE Publications, Mar 5, 2012 - Social Science - 182 pages
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In recent years there has been a huge surge of interest in affect and emotion. Scholars want to discover how people are moved, and understand embodied social action, feelings and passions. How do social formations 'grab' people? How do roller coasters of contempt, patriotism, hate and euphoria power public life?

A new social science understanding of affect and emotion is long overdue and Margaret Wetherell's voice is timely, providing a coherent and pragmatic text. It will be invaluable reading for those interested in this fascinating field across the social and behavioural sciences.

 

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Contents

Lines of argument
1
Affective flows and their psychobiological parsing
27
Discourse representation and affective meaningmaking
51
Interaction accountability and the present moment
77
Structures of feeling habitus and emotional capital
102
Relational histories subjectivities and the psychosocial
120
Waves of feeling contagion and affective transmission
140
References
161
Index
177
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Margaret Wetherell is Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University, UK and Director of the Economic and Social Research Council Programme on Identities and Social Action.

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