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Emotions and Social Relations



August 2014 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"A thoughtful, scholarly yet accessible account of emotion that speaks to current debates associated with the ‘affective turn’ in disciplines including sociology, cultural studies, geography and psychology... invaluable for anyone wanting to understand contemporary engagements with affect, emotion and feeling."
- John Cromby, Loughborough University

"A lucid, engaging, and thoroughly insightful review of current social scientific thinking on emotions in social life by a leading scholar in the field... The book is sure to become essential reading for both students and researchers interested in emotion"
- Jason Hughes, University of Leicester

"A masterful exposition of the links between emotions and social relations... Empirically rich and theoretically deep, this is a highly readable book.
- Svend Brinkmann, University of Aalborg


This book is a compelling and timely addition to the study of emotions, arguing that emotion is a response to the way in which people are embedded in patterns of relationship, both to others and to significant social and political events or situations. Going beyond the traditional discursive understanding of emotions, Burkitt investigates emotions as a complex and dynamic phenomenon that includes the whole self, body and mind, but which always occur in relation to others.
 
Introduction: Feeling and Emotion as Patterns of Relationship
 
Emotions in Historical and Cultural Relations
 
Emotions and the Body
 
Emotions, the Body and Neuroscience
 
Emotion, Reason and Self-Reflection
 
Emotional Labour and Feeling Rules
 
Emotions and Power Relations

A thoughtful, scholarly yet accessible account of emotion that speaks to current debates associated with the ‘affective turn’ in disciplines including sociology, cultural studies, geography and psychology... invaluable for anyone wanting to understand contemporary engagements with affect, emotion and feeling.

John Cromby
Loughborough University

This is a lucid, engaging, and thoroughly insightful review of current social scientific thinking on emotions in social life by a leading scholar in the field. Burkitt advances a radically relational conceptualisation of emotion - one which has far-reaching implications for current debates surrounding this topic. The book is sure to become essential reading for both students and researchers interested in emotion.

Jason Hughes
University of Leicester

A masterful exposition of the links between emotions and social relations. Ian Burkitt develops a powerful theory of emotions as arising in patterns of relationships. Extending the pragmatist approach of James and Dewey, Burkitt argues convincingly that emotions can be reduced to neither neurophysiological processes nor discursive practices, but are complexes of the physical, social and discursive realms as these are experienced by living human bodies in relationships. Empirically rich and theoretically deep, this is a highly readable book.

Svend Brinkmann
University of Aalborg

I highly recommend this book as a significant contribution to our sociological understanding of emotions. It will be of interest not only to sociologists, but to a range of scholars and students interested in emotions from  disciplines such as history, cultural studies, politics, social psychology, anthropology and human geography. Although the book could perhaps more directly and fully address the gendered aspects of emotion, there is some commentary on it. Overall, it is a wide ranging, wonderfully scholarly and yet impressively accessible book. I wish I had written it, but am thankful that Ian Burkitt has provided such an important addition to our bookshelves.

Mary Holmes, University of Edinburgh
Information, Communication & Society

We have a subject Motivation and Emotion. This book matches pretty well out program

Professor Jose Mestre
Psicología , University of Cadiz
April 14, 2015

The book is too complex for the requirements of the course as a text for students but was an excellent text as background reading for planning.

Miss Rayya Ghul
Health , Canterbury Christ Church University
December 8, 2014

This is an in-depth, insightful and thorough examination of emotions. Students in sociology, cultural studies and social sciences in general who are interested in emotions will find it highly helpful.

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam Univ.
September 4, 2014

This will be a useful book to help students to reflect upon their own, as well as their colleagues' emotions and social relations and how these impact upon and influence the work culture and performance.

Ms Sue Mills
Lifelong Learning Centre, Leeds University
July 30, 2014

Really well written and provides excellent discussion for undertaking research in this area.

Mr Phillip Bowen
Northampton Business School, Northampton Univ.
June 30, 2014

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Introduction: Feeling and Emotion as Patterns of Relationship


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