Gathering scholars from different disciplines, this book is the first on how to study emotions using sociological, historical, linguistic, anthropological, psychological, cultural, and mixed approaches. Bringing together the emerging lines of inquiry, it lays foundations for an overdue methodological debate.

The volume offers entrancing short essays, richly illustrated with examples and anecdotes, that provide basic knowledge about how to pursue emotions in texts, interviews, observations, spoken language, visuals, historical documents, and surveys. The contributors are respectful of those being researched and are mindful of the effects of their own feelings on the conclusions. The book thus touches upon the ethics of research in vivid first person accounts.

Methods are notoriously difficult to teach—this collection fills the gap between dry methods books and students’ need to know more about the actual research practice.

chapter Chapter 1|22 pages


Methods of exploring emotions
ByHelena Flam

part Part I|56 pages

Emotions—a legitimate object of study

chapter Chapter 2|11 pages

Using fiction as sociology

How to analyze emotions with the help of novels
ByHelmut Kuzmics

chapter Chapter 3|10 pages

“It's all in the plot”

Narrative explorations of work-related emotions
ByYiannis Gabriel, Eda Ulus

chapter Chapter 4|11 pages

“Studying up”

Emotions and finance decisions
ByJocelyn Pixley

chapter Chapter 5|10 pages

Exploring emotion discourse

ByTamar Katriel

chapter Chapter 6|12 pages

The rhetoric of emotions

ByBarbara Czarniawska

part Part II|34 pages

Eliciting emotions through interviews

chapter Chapter 7|9 pages

Researching dark emotions

Eliciting stories of envy
ByIshan Jalan

chapter Chapter 8|11 pages

Emotional expertise

Emotions and the expert interview
ByJochen Kleres

chapter Chapter 9|12 pages

Dialogic introspection

A method for exploring emotions in everyday life and experimental contexts
ByThomas Burkart, Jenny Weggen

part Part III|78 pages

Observing emotions in self and others

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages

How do we know what they feel?

ByÅsa Wettergren

chapter Chapter 11|9 pages

Emotional insights in the field

ByStina Bergman Blix

chapter Chapter 12|10 pages


The discovery of an object and the development of a method
ByDenise Van Dam, Jean Nizet

chapter Chapter 13|9 pages

Emotional alliances in bureaucratic encounters

ByAlberto Martín Pérez

chapter Chapter 14|10 pages

Can you feel your research results?

How to deal with and gain insights from emotions generated during oral history interviews
ByBenno Gammerl

chapter Chapter 15|9 pages

When your data make you cry1

ByDeborah Gould

chapter Chapter 16|9 pages

Funerary emotions

Categorizing data from a fieldwork diary
ByJulien Bernard

chapter Chapter 17|10 pages

Researching “emotional geographies” in schools

The value of critical ethnography
ByMichalinos Zembylas

part Part IV|36 pages

Speaking emotions

chapter Chapter 18|13 pages

Indexing anger and aggression

From language ideologies to linguistic affect
ByH. Julia Eksner

chapter Chapter 19|9 pages

Emotion and conceptual metaphor

ByCristina Soriano

chapter Chapter 20|12 pages

The intensification and commodification of emotion

Declarations of intimacy and bonding in college field trips to the Global South
ByGada Mahrouse

part Part V|20 pages

Emotions in visuals

chapter Chapter 21|11 pages

Visuals and emotions in social movements

ByHelena Flam, Nicole Doerr

chapter Chapter 22|7 pages

Evoking emotions

The visual construction of fear and compassion 1
ByFrancesca Falk

part Part VI|36 pages

Documented emotions

chapter Chapter 23|10 pages

“My heart belongs to daddy”

Emotion and narration in early modern self-narratives
ByClaudia Jarzebowski

chapter Chapter 24|9 pages

How to detect emotions?

The cancer taboo and its challenge to a history of emotions
ByBettina Hitzer

chapter Chapter 25|15 pages

The geography and temporality of emotions

ByHelena Flam

part Part VII|23 pages

Surveying emotions

chapter Chapter 26|9 pages

Triangulation as data integration in emotion research

BySylvia Terpe

chapter Chapter 27|12 pages

Missing values

Surveying protest emotions
ByDunya Van Troost