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134lecture11(feb04)bw - The sociology of emotion Sociology...

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1 © 2005 David Schweingruber Sociology of Emotions/ Social Construction of Sex Feb. 4, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 © 2005 David Schweingruber The sociology of emotion Common-sense belief: Our emotions represent our “true” self, not social rules Sociology of emotions studies how culture shapes the way we feel Arlie Hochschild: pioneered sociology of emotions People do “emotion work”: attempting to make feelings correspond to feeling rules Emotion evocation: bringing about desired feeling Emotion suppression: stifling undesired feeling Organizations may demand emotion work from workers © 2005 David Schweingruber Managing emotions in an animal shelter Arnold Arluke (1994): participant observation in animal shelter How can society both treat animals with affection and kill them? Institution of animal shelter deals with this contradiction Employees must accept premise that sometimes it is necessary to kill animals Employees must be socialized
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