Expressive Order: Confirming Sentiments In Social Actions
Expressive Order: Confirming Sentiments in Social Actions
This book introduces affect control theory to lay readers of sociology, and additionally guides sociology specialists into the theory's deep structure. It is the most comprehensive available introduction to affect control theory, an important and expanding framework in sociology. The book describes in plain language how sociology's best developed cybernetic model can be used to interpret actions and emotions that arise in everyday life.
This book clearly and masterfully communicates the breadth and rigor of affect control theory. A gripping and scientifically valuable piece of work. --2010 Harrison White Outstanding Book Award, American Sociological Association
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Expressive Order introduces affect control theory to lay readers of sociology, and additionally guides sociology specialists into the theory's deep structure.
Briefly, affect control theory proposes that individuals shape their social interactions so that emerging impressions reinforce sentiments about salient identities, behaviors, and settings. Emotions signal how the process of confirming sentiments is going for each individual. The theory explains behaviors, emotions, social labeling, and personality attributions in a wide variety of social contexts―including intimate relations, work-world interactions, courtrooms, and international relations.
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