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

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 6, 2001 - Psychology - 224 pages
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 such as fear, resentment, shame, and confidence, and redefines the roles which emotions play in social processes. While much has been written on the social consequences of pathological emotions, this book demonstrates the centrality of emotions to everyday operations of social interaction. In revealing the importance of emotions in sociology, J. M. Barbalet re-evaluates the nature and history of social theory.
 

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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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