This international collection discusses how the individualised, reflexive, late modern era has changed the way we experience and act on our emotions. Divided into four sections that include studies ranging across multiple continents and centuries, Emotions in Late Modernity does the following:

  1. Demonstrates an increased awareness and experience of emotional complexity in late modernity by challenging the legal emotional/rational divide; positive/negative concepts of emotional valence; sociological/ philosophical/psychological divisions around emotion, morality and gender; and traditional understandings of love and loneliness.
  2. Reveals tension between collectivised and individualised-privatised emotions in investigating ‘emotional sharing’ and individualised responsibility for anger crimes in courtrooms; and the generation of emotional energy and achievement emotions in classrooms.
  3. Debates the increasing mediation of emotions by contrasting their historical mediation (through texts and bodies) with contemporary digital mediation of emotions in classroom teaching, collective mobilisations (e.g. riots) and film and documentary representations.
  4. Demonstrates reflexive micro and macro management of emotions, with examinations of the ‘politics of fear’ around asylum seeking and religious subjects, and collective commitment to climate change mitigation.

The first collection to investigate the changing nature of emotional experience in contemporary times, Emotions in Late Modernity will appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as sociology of emotions, cultural studies, political science and psychology.

Chapter 2 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

chapter Chapter 1|17 pages

Emotions in late modernity

part I|73 pages

Emotional complexity and complex understandings of emotions

chapter Chapter 3|15 pages

Conceptualising valences in emotion theories

A sociological approach

chapter Chapter 4|13 pages

Emotion and morality

A sociological reading of the philosophy of emotion

chapter Chapter 5|14 pages

Sociological approaches to the study of gender and emotion in late modernity

Culture, structure and identity

chapter Chapter 6|15 pages

Loneliness and love in late modernity

Sites of tension and resistance

part II|59 pages

Individualised emotions as private responsibility

chapter Chapter 7|13 pages

Emotions and criminal law

New perspectives on an enduring presence

chapter Chapter 8|15 pages

Undramatic emotions in learning

A sociological model

chapter Chapter 9|13 pages

Emotions and the criminal law

Anger and the defence of provocation

chapter Chapter 10|16 pages

Achievement emotions

A control-value theory perspective

part III|91 pages

Mediated emotions

chapter Chapter 12|14 pages

Affect and automation

A critical genealogy of the emotions

chapter Chapter 14|14 pages

Public feeling

The entanglement of emotion and technology in the 2011 riots

chapter Chapter 15|14 pages

Storied feelings

Emotions, culture, media

chapter Chapter 16|13 pages

Screening the refugee

Freedom Stories and the performance of empathy in an ‘emotional community’

part IV|76 pages

Micro- and macro-reflexively managed emotions

chapter Chapter 19|15 pages

Compassion and power

(Emotional) reflexivity in asylum seeker friendship programmes

chapter Chapter 20|14 pages

Affective dynamics of conflicts between religious practice and secular self-understanding

Insights from the male circumcision and ‘Burkini’ debates

chapter Chapter 21|16 pages

Towards ‘keystone feelings’

An affective architectonics for climate grief