Research Agendas in the Sociology of Emotions

Edited by Theodore D. Kemper

Subjects: Sociology
Series: SUNY series in The Sociology of Emotions
Paperback : 9780791402702, 342 pages, July 1990
Hardcover : 9780791402696, 342 pages, July 1990

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Table of contents


1. Themes and Variations in the Sociology of Emotions
Theodore D. Kemper

Emotions and Social Macro Processes

2. Stratification, Emotional Energy, and the Transient Emotions
Randall Collins

3. Affective Maximization: A New Macro-Theory in the Sociology of Emotions
Michael Hammond

Political and Gender Economy of Emotions

4. On Understanding Emotion: The Interpretive-Cultural Agenda
Norman K. Denzin

5. Ideology and Emotion Management: A Perspective and Path for Future Research
Arlie Russell Hochschild

Social Construction and Management of Emotions

6. Social Structural Effects on Emotions
Steven L. Gordon

7. Emotional Deviance: Research Agendas
Peggy A. Thoits

Emotions and Social Micro Processes

8. Social Relations and Emotions: A Structural Approach
Theodore D. Kemper

9. Emotion as the Confirmation and Disconfirmation of Identity: An Affect Control Model
Lynn Smith-Lovin

10. Affect Control Model Technical Appendix
David R. Heise

11. Socialization of Emotions: Pride and Shame as Causal Agents
Thomas J. Scheff

12. Emotions and Micropolitics in Everyday Life: Some Patterns and Paradoxes of "Place"
Candace Clark



In this book leading sociologists of emotions present their research agendas for work that promises to shape the study of emotions well into the next decade. The essays represent the full range of ideas, issues, and directions in the field.

From diverse theoretical positions — symbolic interactionist, social constructionist, feminist, positivist, linguistic, phenomenologist, Marxist, and evolutionist — the authors set forth their current understandings, as well as the directions of future work, with a discussion of the most significant problems in emotions research.

Theodore D. Kemper is Professor of Sociology, St. John's University, and is one of the founders of the Sociology of Emotions sub-discipline. He has served on the board, and is a member of, the International Society for Research in Emotions, and of the Sociology of Emotions section of the American Sociological Association.


"It is a balanced, fair treatment of many important issues in the sociology of emotions. The articles are a blend of qualitative and quantitative, macro- and micro-approaches written by some of the most important authors in the field. " — Carolyn S. Ellis, University of South Florida