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.

chapter |62 pages


ByDavid Lemmings, Ann Brooks

chapter 1|16 pages

The Emotional Turn in the Humanities and Social Sciences

ByDavid Lemmings, Ann Brooks

chapter 2|24 pages

Norbert Elias and Emotions in History

ByRobert van Krieken

chapter 3|20 pages

“The Affective Turn”1 in the Social Sciences and the Gendered Nature of Emotions

Theorizing Emotions in the Social Sciences from 1800 to the Present
ByAnn Brooks

part I|54 pages

Identifying Emotional Communities

chapter 4|17 pages

Searching for Emotional Communities in Late Medieval England

ByMelissa Raine

chapter 6|18 pages

Mediated Public Emotion

Collective Grief and Australian Natural Disasters
ByMichelle Duffy, Susan Yell

part II|56 pages

Emotions and Enlightened Empires

chapter 7|19 pages

Adam Ferguson's Sociology of Emotion

ByLisa Hill

chapter 8|18 pages

The Discontents of the Civilizing Process

“Beauty and Booty” and the Problem of Colonial Affect in the American War of 1812
ByNicole Eustace

chapter 9|17 pages

Politics and Changing Views of Jealousy in the Antebellum United States

ByMichael E. Woods

part III|58 pages

Emotions and the Happy Life

chapter 10|21 pages

Norbert Elias and the Sociology of Resentment1

ByBryan S. Turner

chapter 11|18 pages

Abortion, Selflessness and “Happy Objects”1

ByErica Millar

chapter 12|17 pages

Civilizing Marriage

Norbert Elias, Same-Sex Marriage, and the State
ByCarol Johnson

part IV|42 pages

Trajectories of Civilization and De-Civilization?

chapter 13|19 pages

Comparative Reflections on The Civilizing Process

ByPeter Mayer

chapter 14|21 pages

Shame, Marie Corelli, and the “New Woman” in Fin-de-Siècle Britain

BySharon Crozier-De Rosa