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Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure

Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure
A Macrosociological Approach


  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521003599

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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.

    • Provides new perspectives on the study of emotions
    • Unique treatment of emotions in social structures and processes
    • Provides a fresh interpretation of the history of sociology
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    ' … deserves to become a classic'. Journal of Sociology

    'I heartily recommend this book to students of the sociology of emotions as well as to sociologists interested in general theoretical issues.' Contemporary Sociology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521003599
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 155 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Emotion in social life and social theory
    2. Emotion and rationality
    3. Class and resentment
    4. Action and confidence
    5. Conformity and shame
    6. Rights, resentment, and vengefulness
    7. Fear and change

  • Author

    J. M. Barbalet, University of Leicester
    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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