This edited collection takes a critical perspective on Norbert Elias’s theory of the "civilizing process," through historical essays and contemporary analysis from sociologists and cultural theorists. It focuses on changes in emotional regimes or styles and considers the intersection of emotions and social change, historically and contemporaneously. The book is set in the context of increasing interest among humanities and social science scholars in reconsidering the significance of emotion and affect in society, and the development of empirical research and theorizing around these subjects. Some have labeled this interest as an "affective turn" or a "turn to affect," which suggests a profound and wide-ranging reshaping of disciplines. Building upon complex theoretical models of emotions and social change, the chapters exemplify this shift in analysis of emotions and affect, and suggest different approaches to investigation which may help to shape the direction of sociological and historical thinking and research.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
chapter 3|20 pages
“The Affective Turn”1 in the Social Sciences and the Gendered Nature of Emotions
part I|54 pages
Identifying Emotional Communities
part II|56 pages
Emotions and Enlightened Empires
chapter 8|18 pages
The Discontents of the Civilizing Process
part III|58 pages
Emotions and the Happy Life
part IV|42 pages
Trajectories of Civilization and De-Civilization?