The emotions have traditionally been marginalized in mainstream social theory. This book demonstrates the problems that this has caused and charts the resurgence of emotions in social theory today. Drawing on a wide variety of sources, both classical and contemporary, Simon Williams treats the emotions as a universal feature of human life and our embodied relationship to the world. He reflects and comments upon the turn towards the body and intimacy in social theory, and explains what is important in current thinking about emotions. In his doing so, readers are provided with a critical assessment of various positions within the field, including the strengths and weaknesses of poststructuralism and postmodernism for examinin

Conclusion

Conclusion

This conclusion will be brief. My aim here is not to provide some sort of grand synthesis of the diverse (if not contradictory) themes and perspectives which have threaded through this book as a whole, but rather to highlight what I personally take to be some of the most important and promising issues within these debates. Emotion is a moving or slippery target, as the variety of different perspectives considered in this book attest. The very term emotion, it seems, is far from settled (being many things to many people); a trend exacerbated perhaps, by the recent upsurge of interest in this domain. What is fair to say, given these differing viewpoints, is that emotion is a complex, multidimensional, multifaceted human compound, including irreducible ...

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