"A thoughtful, scholarly yet accessible account of emotion that speaks to current debates associated with the `affective turn' in disciplines including sociology, cultural studies, geography and psychology... invaluable for anyone wanting to understand contemporary engagements with affect, emotion and feeling."
- John Cromby, Loughborough University
"A lucid, engaging, and thoroughly insightful review of current social scientific thinking on emotions in social life by a leading scholar in the field... The book is sure to become essential reading for both students and researchers interested in emotion"
- Jason Hughes, University of Leicester
"A masterful exposition of the links between emotions and social relations... Empirically rich and theoretically deep, this is a highly readable book.
- Svend Brinkmann, University of Aalborg
This book is a compelling and timely addition to the study of emotions, arguing that emotion is a response to the way in which people are embedded in patterns of relationship, both to others and to significant social and political events or situations. Going beyond the traditional discursive understanding of emotions, Burkitt investigates emotions as a complex and dynamic phenomenon that includes the whole self, body and mind, but which always occur in relation to others.
Ian Burkitt is in the Department of Social and Economic Studies, University of Bradford
Introduction: Feeling and Emotion as Patterns of Relationship Emotions in Historical and Cultural Relations Emotions and the Body Emotions, the Body and Neuroscience Emotion, Reason and Self-Reflection Emotional Labour and Feeling Rules Emotions and Power Relations