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Social Psychology of Emotion

Social Psychology of Emotion

April 2015 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The study of emotion tends to breach traditional academic boundaries and binary lingustics. It requires multi-modal perspectives and the suspension of dualistic conventions to appreciate its complexity.

This book analyses historical, philosophical, psychological, biological, sociological, post-structural, and technological perspectives of emotion that it argues are important for a viable social psychology of emotion. It begins with early ancient philosophical conceptualisations of pathos and ends with analytical discussions of the transmission of affect which permeate the digital revolution.

It is essential reading for  upper level students and researchers of emotion in psychology, sociology, psychosocial studies and across the social sciences.
Chapter 1: Two Ancient Theories of Emotion: Plato and Aristotle
Chapter 2: Hellenistic and Medieval Theologies of Emotion
Chapter 3: Enlightenment Philosophies of Emotion
Chapter 4: The Role of Emotion in the Development of Social Psychology as a Discipline
Chapter 5: Group Psychology and Emotion
Chapter 6: Biological Understandings of Emotion
Chapter 7: Sociological Understandings of Emotion
Chapter 8: Emotion Talk: Theories and Analysis
Chapter 9: Affect Theory: Post-Structuralist Accounts
Chapter 10: Digital Emotion

This impressive book is simultaneously erudite, comprehensive and accessible. Ellis & Tucker place the social psychology of emotion in its historical context, whilst also providing an introduction to some of the contemporary social scientific work associated with the ‘affective turn’. In so doing they draw out the sometimes unexpected continuities, discontinuities and uncertainties that have characterised this field, whilst clearly demonstrating the continual relevance of emotional phenomena to social psychology. With clear aims for each chapter and suggestions for further reading throughout, this book should be a valuable resource for students and researchers alike.

John Cromby
Loughborough University

This is a wide-ranging account of key conceptualisations of emotion which spans contributions from a range of disciplines. The authors explore the complexities of debates involved in social-psychological accounts of emotion. The book concludes with a consideration of the status of emotion in the digital age.

Jason Hughes
The University of Leicester

Useful for students writing their independent study - I love the book and use it when planning lessons too

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute of Education, Worcester University
February 23, 2020

Important additional literature for students who want to focus on this topic within the field of experience design

Dr Georg Christian Steckenbauer
Business, IMC Fachhochschule Krems
June 7, 2016

Very useful overview of strands of thought on interpersonal emotional engagement, and especially for rethinking approaches to social media interaction in Media and Cultural Studies - the authors do a terrific job of guiding the reader through what would in other circumstances be new and somewhat dry territory. They make this material accessible and interesting, and I imagine this would be a good set text for Social Psychology and Psychosocial Studies undergraduate programmes. However, whereas I would recommend this book to those students who were seriously engaged with the subject matter in their final year of study for dissertation or applied research projects in Film, Media or Journalism Studies, say, I would probably not use as a set text for subhonours modules in Film and Media Studies programmes.

Dr Greg Singh
Communications, Media and Culture, Stirling University
December 9, 2015

Useful further reading for those interested in the subject

Mr Nigel Lempriere
Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, London Metropolitan University
July 6, 2015

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