A new book is just out on theory and emotions. Theorizing Emotions:Sociological Explorations and Applications (2009) is now available. It is set to be a key addition to the literature on the sociology of emotions from a European perspective-it is produced by some of the most prominent members of the European Sociological Association’s Emotions Network (RN11, see here). Specifically, it is edited by Debra Hopkins (a researcher at the University of Aberdeen and vice coordinator of the Sociology of Emotions Network), Jochen Kleres and Prof. Helena Flam of the University of Leipzig, and Helmut Kuzmics University of Graz. It is available from Amazon.
The publishers description is:
Theorizing Emotions reflects the recent turn to emotions in academia—not just in sociology but also in psychology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience. Drawing on the classic studies of Max Weber, Erving Goffman, Norbert Elias, and Theodor Adorno, several leading European scholars present their findings on the role of emotions in various facets of society, from the laboratory to the office to the media. Among the topics discussed are the tensions between feelings and feeling rules, the conscious and unconscious emotions of scientists, emotions and social disorder, the effect of the emotional turn as an element of advancing modernity, romantic love in U.S. and Israeli codes of conduct, and the role of mass media in generating massive public emotions.
I will most likely review this but I will post more on it later. Should be a good book.