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Introducing a new term to the sociological lexicon: ‘postemotionalism’, Stjepan G Mešstrović argues that the focus of postmodernism has been on knowledge and information, and he demonstrates how the emotions in mass, industrial societies have been neglected to devastating effect. Using contempoary examples, the author shows how emotion has become increasingly separated from action; how — in a world of disjointed and synthetic emotions — social solidarity has become more problematic; and how compassion fatigue has increasingly replaced political commitment and responsibility. Mešstrović discusses the relation between knowledge and the emotions in thinkers as diverse as Durkheim and Baudrillard

Recontextualizing David Riesman's: The Lonely Crowd
Recontextualizing david riesman's: The lonely crowd

In this chapter I will reread David Riesman's much celebrated The Lonely Crowd, as I have many times privately as well as with my students, with an eye toward showing its continued relevance to the 1990s and, more importantly, suggesting that what I am calling the postemotional type can be read as an extension of Riesman's other-directed type. To put the matter differently: the other-directed type of the 1950s has become the postemotional type of the 1990s. I admit that I offer less an exegesis of Riesman's classic than I seem to read along with him, and, in the process, offer a new interpretation. It is a reading that he and others might not ...

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