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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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a subject Motivation and Emotion. This book matches pretty well out program
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.
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.
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.
Really well written and provides excellent discussion for undertaking research in this area.
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