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The Sociology of Emotions

Research group
Active research
Project period
2000 - ongoing
Project owner
Institutionen för Sociologi och arbetsvetenskap

Short description

The sociology of emotions is a field of research that explores the role of emotions in society, at the micro, meso and macro levels. In the perspective of the sociology of emotions ‘sense and sensibility’ are intertwined phenomena and not mutually exclusive.
The energy and direction of emotions fuel and orient social action as well as the cognitive evaluations in and of action. Emotions are thus not considered private, innate, or immutable, but rather as objects of social control and regulation, construction and negotiation.

Emotions spring out of social interactions and structural conditions. Individuals and collectives continuously manage and adjust their feelings and emotional displays according to feeling and display norms that apply in various settings and situations. Emotion management can also be used strategically, for instance in politics and at the workplace.

At the department we run a seminar series, Emogu, and we teach the sociology of emotions at basic and advanced levels. We regularly host prominent international researchers in the field of sociology of emotions, giving seminars and guest lectures in all these fora.