The Sociology of Emotions: Basic Theoretical Arguments

  title={The Sociology of Emotions: Basic Theoretical Arguments},
  author={Jonathan H. Turner},
  journal={Emotion Review},
  pages={340 - 354}
  • J. Turner
  • Published 16 September 2009
  • Psychology, Sociology
  • Emotion Review
In this article, the basic sociological approaches to theorizing human emotions are reviewed. In broad strokes, theorizing can be grouped into several schools of thought: evolutionary, symbolic interactionist, symbolic interactionist with psychoanalytic elements, interaction ritual, power and status, stratification, and exchange. All of these approaches to theorizing emotions have generated useful insights into the dynamics of emotions. There remain, however, unresolved issues in sociological… 
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