SOC101 2011 09 28

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University of Toronto St. George
Robert Brym

2011-09-28 Sociology Social Interaction - Face to face interaction. Acting and reacting - Both parties (2 ppl. Interaction): emotional state plays a big role - We act differently depending on the content of the interaction Why do we experience emotional states? - Laughter: speakers laugh 50% more than listeners - Women laugh twice as more than men - Even when women are listeners, women laugh more than men - People with high status laugh get more laughs and people with low status laugh more - Unevenly distributed Dyad: 2persons group Status: Recognition of position in a social interaction Role: conforming to a certain set of expectation of behavior Downward Humor - shows the superiority and power affects the propensity to laugh - Status of social hierarchy plays a very strong role - Emotion plays a role in laughing but it is not wholly spontaneous - Dominance-subordination: Jokes are usually directed to a socially inferior group ( higher people feel superior - All jokes invert or pervert reality: analyzing laugher sociologically allow us to see the social hierarchy that underlines (sociological sign of dominance) Emotional Management: involves people obeying “feeling rules” and responding to situations which they find themselves in- varies in different sex, religion, culture, etc. Women are generally more able to control their feelings. More white collar workers are involved in work that involved suppressing and controlling their feelings Emotion labour: Emotional management that one does as a part of one’s job and for one’s paid – Spends time with people who misbehave (flight attendant, teachers, etc.) They have to manage their own emotion to make the clientele happy. All jobs requiring emotional labour train their employees to control their anger. Compared to the past, more people are engaging in emotional labour. Our emotions are not as spontaneous as they seem.There are social factors influencing our everyday life. How we get emotional 1. Emotional Stimulus 2. Physiological response and initial emotion 3. Cultural scripts due to culturally transmitted ideas 4. Modified emotional response A few hundred years ago, people invested less emotionally in children. Infant death was common.As emotion investment in children grew, the grief rate grew as well ( they grief longer) We become uniformed in our behavior as states crystalized Crude Death Rate: # of annual death per 1,000 people in the population Rate: frequency with which an event occurs in a given
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