Sociology of Emotions|
|Course Cluster: Queer Studies|
This course is the critical study of the role of emotions in social life, spanning both the macro- and mirco-level. We begin with theories of the social nature of emotions from the symbolic interactionist to the social psychoanalytic to the bio-affective. After critically examining Western assumptions about emotions as private property, emotions as entirely an individual expression, we move on to examine "emotion norms" in studies of grief and compassion, and then studies of "emotional labor" and capitalism's role in habituating emotions in everyday life. In the second half of the class, the role of emotions and affect in the issue of social inequality is theorized, as we study the emotional roles of colonizer and colonized, oppressor and oppressed through race, class, and gender inequality. The course ends with an examination of theories of collective memory and traumatic experience, focusing on accounts of ethnicity and diaspora. Throughout, the course will examine how new approaches to studying emotion, and possibly, emotions themselves, both support and challenge traditional sociological methodologies.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP-Soc Conc)(SOC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Jasper, James. Et al. (Eds.) PASSIONATE POLITICS: EMOTIONS IN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS
Turner, Jonathan.SOCIOLOGY OF EMOTIONS
Clarke, Candace. MISERY AND COMPANY: SYMPATHY IN EVERYDAY LIFE.
Hochschild, Arlie Russell. THE MANAGED HEART: THE COMMERCIALIZATION OF HUMAN FEELING
Chancer, Lynn. THE SADOMASOCHISM OF EVERYDAY LIFE: DYNAMICS OF POWER AND POWERLESSNESS.
Memmi, Albert. THE COLONIZER AND THE COLONIZED
Cho, Grace. HAUNTING THE KOREAN DIASPORA; SHAME, SECRECY, AND THE FORGOTTEN WAR
Ahmed, Sara. THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF EMOTION
Ngai, Sianne. UGLY FEELINGS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three Essay Exams: 30% each (60% of total grade). Weekly ungraded exploratory in-class writing assignments to understand and explore themes in the reading due that class session: 30% of total grade (graded based on satisfactory completion only). Class participation and attendance: 10% of total grade
|Instructor(s): Cunningham,Kim Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: FISK404; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: -5||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 1||JR non-major: 1||SO: 5||FR: X|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 16||1st Ranked: 6||2nd Ranked: 5||3rd Ranked: 2||4th Ranked: 1||Unranked: 2|