Sociology of emotions

  • Vana Papakitsou
Keywords: emotions, sentiments, sociology, theories, interaction, interpersonal relationships


Emotions are at the center of social dialogue, with the sociology of emotions being a fundamental issue for study. Society is a unity of individuals who are sharing feelings, values, rules and collective consciousness. Emotions are descriptions of a person’s inner existence while contributing to the social construction of reality. In this article are described major theoretical perspectives on the meaning of emotion in sociology. Emotions, being mainly social constructs, defined by culture through their learning, regulate both the inner world and the interactions with the outside world, that is, interpersonal relationships and they are studied as social phenomena associated with social and cultural structures. Both contemporary and classical theories of emotion are useful for the progress of the science of sociology and an in-depth study of social phenomena.

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