Social Economies of Fear and Desire: Emotional Regulation, Emotion Management, and Embodied Autonomy

Hardcover | December 15, 2011

byValérie de Courville Nicol

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Social Economies of Fear and Desire contributes to the study of emotional life as bound to social life. It shows that emotional experience is structured by forms of felt in/capacity—emotional norms that emerge through the successes and failures of embodied beings in the exercise of autonomy, and that are acquired through emotional socialization. Economies of fear and desire are the social configurations within which particular kinds of urges to act can be placed, together with the danger and security signs that trigger their experience, the objects of fear and desire they designate, and the means in the exercise of power with which they become associated. Their study should aid in the understanding of contemporary forms of suffering and well-being.

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Social Economies of Fear and Desire contributes to the study of emotional life as bound to social life. It shows that emotional experience is structured by forms of felt in/capacity—emotional norms that emerge through the successes and failures of embodied beings in the exercise of autonomy, and that are acquired through emotional soci...

Valérie de Courville Nicol is an associate professor in the Department of Sociologyand Anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:December 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Analyzing emotional selves
PART I: EMBODIED IN/CAPACITY THEORY
Chapter 1: Analyzing fear and desire
Relational threat and relational promise: the anticipation of pain and pleasure
Fear, desire, and the hope response
Emotional norms: fear and desire forms in relational context
Emotional norm pairs
Chapter 2: Analyzing emotional interaction
Affective, agential, and symbolic attunement
Three modalities of fear and desire: panic/excitement, anxiety/interest, and distress/relief
Fearing fear and desiring desire: the emergence of internal (moral) conflict
Emotional blending and emotional differentiation
Chapter 3: Analyzing autonomous selves
Biological, subjective, and moral autonomy: unindividuated, self-involved, and other-directed kinds
Conceptualizing embodied autonomy
Subjective, moral, and social emotional experiences and emotions
PART II: EMOTIONAL ECONOMIES
Chapter 4: Analyzing moral danger and self-fear
From subjective to moral autonomy: the process of responsibilization
Explanations for the rise in experiences of self-fear
Forms of self-control and forms of moral suffering
On physical coercion and moral responsibility
Chapter 5: Analyzing social interaction
Emotional regulation, hedonic power, and emotion management
Social dis/approval: shame/pride and personal insecurity/self-esteem as moral experiences of social danger and social security
Moral actions of social conformity
Chapter 6: Analyzing emotion management
Interacting with The Managed Heart
Lying, acting, and emotion management
Emotives, modalities of fear and desire, and moral self-control
Chapter 7: Analyzing emotional campaigns
Master emotional norm pairs: from self-discipline to self-realization
Campaigns of fear, campaigns of desire
Contemporary emotion management efforts
Chapter 8: Analyzing self-discipline and self-realization
From the fear of desire to the fear of fear
Culture of fear critics
Situation assimilation and the mass media

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'Valérie de Courville Nicol's work makes a vital contribution to an emerging literature on emotion. Through her explication of power, self, and emotion, de Courville creates an innovative, empirically grounded, and interdisciplinary theoretical approach to the study of the self in society. Her groundbreaking work sheds light on a wide range of contemporary issues, from securitization to the self-help movement. Through the lens of emotion, de Courville's work represents a major breakthrough in one of the most fundamental and unresolved debates in social science: how and when do people exercise agency?'—Lori G. Beaman, Professor of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa'This is a sharp, analytically rigorous book that places suffering at the centre of emotional experience. De Courville skillfully shows how fear and desire shape moral life, and in so doing, she gives us a useful theory of embodied in/capacity that is an alternative to dominant approaches to understanding how emotions infuse social action.' —Melanie White, Senior Lecturer in Social Theory, University of New South Wales'De Courville propels the expanding interest in the sociology of emotions. She does so in a way that argues that the modern emotional experience is not focused only on fear and anxiety, but that today pleasure and excitement also shape our emotional experience and responsibilizes our conduct.' —Alan Hunt, professor of Sociology and Law, Carleton University'This book destabilizes the dualisms (e.g. nature versus culture, fight versus flight) that have limited the sociology of emotions for so long. The innovative concepts and the critical focus on power and morality will appeal to all social and cultural researchers interested in emotions.' —Kevin Walby, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Victoria; Co-editor of Emotions Matter