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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

Death and the End of Innocence
Death and the end of innocence

When did postemotionalism begin? Similar questions have been and continue to be asked regarding modernity, modernism, and postmodernity, with diverse answers supplied by different authors. With regard to the beginnings of postmodernity, some of the answers, such as Chris Rojek's in Ways of Escape, go as far back as the Renaissance and the Reformation, while others, such as David Harvey's, pinpoint them to the destruction of an urban housing project in the USA in the 1970s.1 If one were to begin to try to answer this question with regard to postemotionalism, one might look for an era in which collective innocence began to mutate into cynicism, in which television first became the social force ...

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