Emotions, the Social Bond, and Human Reality: Part/Whole Analysis / Edition 1

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Thomas Scheff offers an innovative approach to human behaviour which relates the smallest parts of social interaction to the greatest wholes of social structure. Combining insights from the humanities and social sciences, he evokes the detail of 'human reality', with an emphasis on the emotions. The outer and inner lives of real and fictional persons are analyzed through close observation of words and gestures in the context in which they occur, and the connection between people's lives and the society in which they live is illuminated.
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"The attempt to reach beyond standard methodologies to include material drawn from other sources is to be welcomed." Choice

"[Emotions, the Social Bond, and Human Reality: Part/Whole Analysis] is an ambitious and comprehensive enterprise....the book has fems of insight and connection well worth discovering." Joy Charlton, American Journal of Sociology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521585453
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Series: Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Introduction 1
Theory and method 15
1 Part/whole morphology: unifying single case and comparative methods 19
2 The limits of literary analyses of texts 53
Generating theory: the social bond 69
3 Punishment, child development, and crime: the concept of the social bond 73
4 Boy's talk, girl's talk: a theory of social integration 94
5 Origins of the First World War: integrating small parts and great wholes 115
Generating theory: emotions and conflict 147
6 Gender wars: love and conflict in Much Ado About Nothing 151
7 Microanalysis of discourse: the case of Martha Johnson and her therapist 170
8 Conflict in family systems 199
9 Conclusion: integrating the human sciences 219
Appendix 233
References 236
Index of authors 243
Index of topics 245
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