Sociology of Emotions

Course Code: SOCI 246

Academic Year: 2021-2022

This course will take key topics in the study of emotions and show the power of culture to shape these central life experiences. Feelings aren't as "natural" as we have been led to believe but are produced by the cultural beliefs that surround us about what is appropriate to express and how emotions should be managed. The sociological perspective focuses on the variability cross-culturally and historically in the social experience of love, fear, anger, aggression, sadness, laughter, joy and happiness. Emotions will be analyzed as shaped by social class, gender, race, ethnicity and age and as intertwined with power discourses (commercial, professional and political) that have an interest in producing or suppressing them.