Research Handbook on the Sociology of Emotion


Research Handbook on the Sociology of Emotion

Institutions and Emotional Rule Regimes

9781803925646 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Helena Flam, Institute of Sociology, Leipzig University, Germany
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80392 564 6 Extent: 456 pp
The Research Handbook on the Sociology of Emotion investigates the role of emotions in key institutions understood as the frames and fabrics of society. It takes a critical look at society-framing institutions such as the state, the military, the market, and international organizations.

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The Research Handbook on the Sociology of Emotion investigates the role of emotions in key institutions understood as the frames and fabrics of society. It takes a critical look at society-framing institutions such as the state, the military, the market and international organizations.

The first three chapters in the Research Handbook present Marxist, Simmelian and Eliasian theory to explore contemporary institutions as emotional rule regimes operating at individual, institutional and structural levels. Other chapters question cognitivist approaches to the state, courts, social sciences, the workplace, nationalism, education, migration, cross-border family and religion, investigating the ambivalent and conflicting emotions associated with each and shedding light on the emotional logics intertwined with institutional work. Taking stock of what the sociology of emotions teaches us about the institutions, societies and states in which we live, the Research Handbook formulates a novel agenda for future research in this burgeoning field.

Highlighting the emotional cultures and emotional rule regimes nested in institutions, this innovative Research Handbook will be a thought-provoking read for students, lecturers and researchers in sociology and sociological theory, cultural sociology, sociology of emotions and social psychology.
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‘In this exciting new Handbook, Helena Flam draws together innovative research from a variety of intellectual traditions and focuses on one of the many social “spinning tops” of human life. A brilliant collection designed to inspire upcoming generations of scholars.’
– Arlie Russell Hochschild, University of California, Berkeley, US and author of The Managed Heart

‘This Handbook is fascinating for its excellent range of theoretical and empirical articles on the sociology of emotion. It provides a comprehensive introduction by Helena Flam, offering an extensive overview of sociological classics and the broad range of the current debate. The book shows that emotions play an important role in every area of human communication, in society, politics, economics and the legal system. It is not only a wonderful compendium for students, providing insights into the breadth of the subject area, but also a “must” for teachers and researchers.’
– Helma Lutz, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany

‘This rich collection covers established ground in new ways and explores territory previously neglected. Written by leading scholars as well as rising stars, the Research Handbook on the Sociology of Emotion will be an enduring source of reliable findings, useful approaches – and inspiration – for the next generation of students and researchers.’
– Jack Barbalet, Australian Catholic University, Australia
Contributors include: Marina Ariza, Stina Bergman Blix, Marian Burchardt, Ian Burkitt, Maéva Clément, Yuval Feinstein, Helena Flam, Jonathan G. Heaney, Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain, Simon Koschut, Helmut Kuzmics, Mariana Nobile, Jennifer L. Pierce, Alessandro Pratesi, Olga Sabido Ramos, Rosa Sanchez Salgado, Katharina Scherke, Jogilė Ulinskaitė, N. Yasemin Ural, Monika Verbalyte, Åsa Wettergren, Michalinos Zembylas

Introduction to the Research Handbook on the Sociology of Emotion 1
Helena Flam

1 Emotional self-alienation and institutions: a Marxian approach to
emotion and alienation in employment agencies and society 39
Ian Burkitt
2 Emotions and institutions in Simmel’s relational program: money, state,
and nation 56
Olga Sabido Ramos
3 Norbert Elias, the ‘figurational school’ and the sociology of emotions 74
Helmut Kuzmics
4 History of the sociology of emotions: comments on hindrances and
challenges to its development 92
Katharina Scherke

5 National emotions 112
Yuval Feinstein
6 Emotions and state power: towards the ‘emotional state’ 129
Jonathan G. Heaney
7 Emotions and political regimes 152
Monika Verbalyte and Jogilė Ulinskaitė
8 Integrating rationality and emotion in legal institutions 174
Stina Bergman Blix and Åsa Wettergren
9 Feminist questions, emotional labor, and the legal profession: research
on corporate litigators, defense lawyers, law students, and paralegals 199
Jennifer L. Pierce
10 Sociological issues in educational research on emotion and affect in the
Global North 215
Michalinos Zembylas
11 Social studies of emotions and education in Latin America and Spain 235
Mariana Nobile
12 Remembered and retrieved: on emotions in organizations 252
Helena Flam
13 Doing family and intimacy at a distance: implications for theory and
social change 274
Alessandro Pratesi
14 Emotions and digital technology in transnational families 294
Rebecca Chiyoko King-O’Riain
15 Migration, institutions and emotions 313
Marina Ariza
16 What emotions teach us about religion: sociological approaches and the
“affective turn” 330
N. Yasemin Ural and Marian Burchardt
17 War and the military 357
Helmut Kuzmics
18 Emotions in international relations 381
Maéva Clément and Simon Koschut
19 Parliamentary assemblies and emotions 401
Rosa Sanchez Salgado
Conclusion to the Sociology of Emotion 416
Helena Flam
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