Towards an emotionally conscious social theory
|Title||Towards an emotionally conscious social theory|
|Journal||Sociological Research Online|
|Abstract||This article attempts to contribute to the on-going discussion regarding the 'future of sociology & social theory' by suggesting that classical & contemporary social theories have yet to provide satisfactory accounts of the emotional components of human society. Following a discussion of how emotions have been downplayed in classical & contemporary theory, evidence is presented in support of a sociology that would include the study of emotions as part of broader studies of the social. A central proposition of this article is that the harmonization of studies of 'micro' & 'macro' realities would facilitate the development of a systems theory that neither excludes diversity nor minimizes the immutable emotional needs of individuals & their social systems. In support of the above argument, the author presents some new evidence pointing to the primacy of the human emotions across cultural boundaries. 109 References. Adapted from the source document.|
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