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Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion, and Social Structure
     

Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion, and Social Structure

by Thomas J. Scheff
 

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Moving beyond the traditional boundaries of sociological investigation,
Thomas J. Scheff brings together the study of communication and the social psychology of emotions to explore the microworld of thoughts, feelings,
and moods. Drawing on strikingly diverse and rich sources—the findings of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and

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Moving beyond the traditional boundaries of sociological investigation,
Thomas J. Scheff brings together the study of communication and the social psychology of emotions to explore the microworld of thoughts, feelings,
and moods. Drawing on strikingly diverse and rich sources—the findings of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, and examples from literary dialogues and psychiatric interviews—Scheff provides an inventive account of the nature of social life and a theory of motivation that brilliantly accounts for the immense complexity involved in understanding even the most routine conversation.

"A major contribution to some central debates in social theory at the present time. . . . What Thomas Scheff seeks to develop is essentially a quite novel account of the nature of social life, its relation to language and human reflexivity, in which he insists upon the importance of a theory of emotion. . . . A work of true originality and jolting impact. . . .
Microsociology is of exceptional interest, which bears witness to the very creativity which it puts at the center of human social contact."
—Anthony Giddens, from the Foreword

"Scheff provides a rich theory that can easily generate further exploration. And he drives home the message that sociological work on interaction, social bonds, and society cannot ignore human emotionality."—Candace Clark, American Journal of Sociology

"This outstanding and ground-breaking little volume contains a wealth of original ideas that bring together many insights concerning the relationship of emotion to motivation in a wide variety of social settings. It is strongly recommended to all serious students of emotion, of society, and of human nature."—Melvin R. Lansky, American Journal of Psychiatry

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226736679
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
12/15/1994
Edition description:
1
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author


Thomas J. Scheff is professor emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His fields of study are the emotional/relational world, mental illness, restorative justice, and collective violence.

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