SOC388 WEEK 12
MARCH 29 2012
- Sociology of emotions
o Spontaneous and managed
o Feedback and amplification
o Social components of emotions
o Interactive dimension
- Emotion management
o Surface acting
o Deep acting
o Feeling Rules
o Contextual dimension
o Idioculture (fine)
- She will give out an email because TA has to change her office
hour. You can arrange another appointment also.
- Papers are not all marked yet, she will bring them next week to
return them to you.
- We will talk about emotions today and this is a good topic to end
this class because sociology studies things like we tend to take for
psychological. We think emotion is personal and private. We will
talk about it in a different way today though. We talked about
emotion before but something that studies exposed factor, and
something that happened in the past. If she becomes an expert
and someone talks about emotional struggle, that tells us
something about emotions. It doesn’t tell us how emotions are
experienced. This is rather physical way in a sociological
- Something that lived in the moment. Emotion should be
understood as ongoing process.
- How we shape self through interaction with others – those views
was response to someone else. Metaphor of looking glass self is 2
dimension response. The view that some sociologists of emotion
developed is one that adds another dimension to that explanation.
It is not just a response to input but more of a 3-dimention
response because it gets mediated and constantly transforms
- Sociologist from New Zealand
- He wrote about emotions and said emotions are external. Whether
it is laughter, sadness, shame, it attacks us from outside –
something that makes me laugh, sad, and embarrassed. They PAGE 2
present themselves as something beyond our control.
- Emotions are a big part of intimately subjected lives. They have
tension that although their experience is internal they experience
something that attacks us from outside. It is an object – something
outside of selves – that redefines itself. They are not stable states.
- Why do we make the funny weird noise such as laughter? Why do
we feel ashamed?
- He asks even though we are always creating emotions, it is not
only that we are always creating emotions but it is embedded in
- How is it that we all have competence that we can show emotion
in a particular way. We are happy then we laugh, we are angry we
- We can think of policing or preschool teachers that need some
kind of theory for the workings of emotion because they important
with emotional children
- This is why it is important to understand emotion.
- We see how emotion falls in the course of life. Even he says that
we can find the same kind of emotional management and
- Their emotional experience is always occurring to us. As we have
seen in the past this is all about face-to-face interaction.
- Emotions are in constant flux. We shape meaning for ourselves
and others. Interactions are also shaped by states of emotion.
- There is embody of dimension of emotion. They transform our
body. If you are embarrassed you feel hot. When you are sad or
mad you start shaking. That does not mean emotions are opposite
of thought. It is self-reflective.
- Emotions are different from thoughts. This is something we see
implicitly, where in some cases people are not managing their
emotions concretely and in other cases they are more
spontaneous, but it is more or less self-reflective.
- Thinking and emotion – difference is that emotion is more
corporeal. Thinking is rational and emotion is not. Sociologists of
emotion – we see thinking as self-reflective. We tend to see
thinking in that way and not emotion in that way. The only
difference is that thinking is discursive. But emotion is corporeal
- We see that we produce our emotions or hiding our feelings. We
produce emotion that is independent of our will.
- It is a perspective that sociologists add that has to do with
interactional nature of emotion – we shape the meaning for
ourselves as well as others. Katz said that may times when we
emotion-manifest. By crying we show others that our emotion is
o If I’m with you and if I cry you are going to stop being mean PAGE 3
o Even if I cry not because of you, you will hug me and be nice
so I stop crying.
o Emotion is something from outside and it s