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Emotions, the Social Bond, and Human Reality
Part/Whole Analysis


Part of Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction

  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521584913

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  • In his important book, first published in 1997, Thomas Scheff offers an approach to researching human behavior which relates the smallest parts of social interaction to the greatest wholes of social structure. These are the details and connections usually found only in the finest novels, but Scheff combines the insights of the humanities and social sciences to capture the same evocative details of sight, sound, and context, better to understand what he calls 'human reality'. He puts a fresh emphasis on the importance of emotions in the social bond, and describes in newly subtle ways the outer and inner lives of persons in real life, such as inner-city children, and in fiction, such as Jane Austen's heroines. By closely observing the significance of words and gestures in the context in which they occur, he is able to illuminate the connection between people's lives and the society in which they live.

    • Author internationally known for innovative books on emotions and social theory
    • Engagingly written, this book uses examples from Jane Austen and Shakespeare as well as real life
    • Creates new method for studying human behaviour, using both detailed observation (eg. of language) and broader social theory
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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521584913
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theory and Method:
    1. Part/whole morphology: single case and comparative methods
    2. The limits of literary analyses of texts
    Part II. Generating Theory: The Social Bond:
    3. Punishment, child development, and the crime
    4. Boy's talk, girl's talk: a theory of social integration
    5. Origins of the First World War: integrating small parts and great wholes
    Part III. Generating Theory: Emotions and Conflict:
    6. Gender wars: love and conflict in Much Ado About Nothing
    7. Microanalysis of discourse: the case of Martha Johnson and her therapist
    8. Conflict in family systems
    9. Conclusion: integrating the human sciences.

  • Author

    Thomas J. Scheff, University of California, Santa Barbara

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