Collective Emotions: Perspectives from psychology, philosophy, and sociology

Hardcover | March 7, 2014

EditorChristian Von Scheve, Mikko Salmela

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Although collective emotions have a long tradition in scientific inquiry, for instance in mass psychology and the sociology of rituals and social movements, their importance for individuals and the social world has never been more obvious than in the past decades. The Arab Spring revolution,the Occupy Wall Street movement, and mass gatherings at music festivals or mega sports events clearly show the impact collective emotions have both in terms of driving conflict and in uniting people. But these examples only show the most obvious and evident forms of collective emotions. Others aremore subtle, although less important: shared moods, emotional atmospheres, and intergroup emotions are part and parcel of our social life. Although these phenomena go hand in hand with any formation of sociality, they are little understood. Moreover, there still is a large gap in our understandingof individual emotions on the one hand and collective emotional phenomena on the other hand.This book presents a comprehensive overview of contemporary theories and research on collective emotions. It spans several disciplines and brings together, for the first time, various strands of inquiry and up-to-date research in the study of collective emotions and related phenomena. In focusing onconceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues in collective emotion research, the volume narrows the gap between the wealth of studies on individual emotions and inquiries into collective emotions. The book catches up with a renewed interest into the collective dimensions of emotions and theirclose relatives, for example emotional climates, atmospheres, communities, and intergroup emotions. This interest is propelled by a more general increase in research on the social and interpersonal aspects of emotion on the one hand, and by trends in philosophy and cognitive science towards refinedconceptual analyses of collective entities and the collective properties of cognition on the other hand. The book includes sections on: Conceptual Perspectives; Collective Emotion in Face-to-Face Interactions; The Social-Relational Dimension of Collective Emotion; The Social Consequences of Collective Emotions; Group-Based and Intergroup Emotion; Rituals, Movements, and Social Organization; andCollective Emotions in Online Social Systems.Including contributions from psychologists, philosophers, sociologists, and neuroscience, this volume is a unique and valuable contribution to the affective sciences literature.

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Although collective emotions have a long tradition in scientific inquiry, for instance in mass psychology and the sociology of rituals and social movements, their importance for individuals and the social world has never been more obvious than in the past decades. The Arab Spring revolution,the Occupy Wall Street movement, and mass gat...

Christian von Scheve is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Freie Universitat Berlin, where he heads the Research Area "Sociology of Emotion" at the Institute of Sociology. He is also affiliated to the Research Cluster "Languages of Emotion" at Freie Universitat and appointed Research Professor at the German Institute for Economic Rese...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pagesPublished:March 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Christian von Scheve and Mikko Salmela: Volume IntroducionSection 1: Conceptual Perspectives1. Hans Bernhard Schmid: The Feeling of Being a Group: Corporate Emotions and Collective Conscious2. Margaret Gilbert: How we feel: Understanding everyday collective emotion ascription3. Jan Slaby: Emotions and the Extended Mind4. Bennet Helm: Emotional Communities of RespectSection 2: Collective Emotions in Face-to-Face Interactions5. Claus Lamm and Giorgia Silani: Insights into collective emotions from the social neuroscience of empathy6. Tobias Brosch: Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of attentional prioritization in social interactions7. Ursula Hess, Stephanie Houde, Agneta Fischer: Do we mimic what we see or what we know?8. Elaine Hatfield, Megan Forbes, Richard L. Rapson: Emotional Contagion as a Precursor to Collective EmotionsSection 3: The Social-Relational Dimension of Collective Emotion9. Ilmo van der Lowe and Brian Parkinson: Relational emotions and social networks10. Martin Bruder, Agenta Fischer, and Antony Manstead: Social appraisal as a cause of collective emotions11. Joel Krueger: Emotions and the Social NicheSection 4: The Social Consequences of Collective Emotions12. Janice R. Kelly, Nicole E. Iannone, Megan K. McCarty: The Function of Shared Affect in Groups13. Edward J. Lawler, Shane R. Thye, Jeongkoo Yoon: The Emergence of Collective Emotions in Social Exchange14. Dario Paez, Bernard Rime: Collective Emotional Gatherings: Their impact upon identity fusion, shared beliefs and social integration15. Joseph de Rivera: Emotion and the Formation of Social IdentitiesSection 5: Group-Based and Intergroup Emotion16. Devin G. Ray, Diane M. Mackie, Eliot R. Smith: Intergroup Emotion: Self-Categorization, Emotion, and the Regulation of Intergroup Conflict17. Mark A. Ferguson, Nyla R. Branscombe: The Social Psychology of Collective Guilt18. Gavin Brent Sullivan: Collective pride, happiness and celebratory emotions: Aggressive, network and cultural models19. Eran Halperin: Collective Emotions and Emotion Regulation in Intractable ConflictsSection 6: Rituals, Movements, and Social Organization20. Randall Collins: Interaction Ritual Chains and Collective Effervescence21. J. David Knottnerus: Religion, Ritual, and Collective Emotion22. John Protevi: Political Emotion23. James M. Jasper: Emotions, Sociology, and Protest24. Hubert Knoblauch, Regine Herbik: Emotional Knowledge, Emotional Styles, and ReligionSection 7: Collective Emotions in Online Social Systems25. Mike Thelwall, Arvid Kappas: The Role of Sentiment in the Social Web26. David Garcia, Antonios Garas, Frank Schweitzer: Modelling collective emotions in online social systems27. Marcin Skowron, Stefan Rank: Interacting with Collective Emotions in e-Communities28. Funda Kivran-Swaine, Mor Naaman: Gender and Social Sharing of Emotions in Large-Scale Social Awareness StreamsIndex