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Sociology of Emotions and Affect

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Aims and objectives:

TASA’s Emotions and Affect Thematic Group brings together a growing body of theory, methods and interconnected research on social emotions and affect. This exciting new area contains sociological accounts of the importance of emotions within a range of social spheres. It also recognises that emotions and affect drive the functioning of many social policies, and are the object of policies aimed at improving wellbeing or reducing loneliness or depression or anger-related violence. The relevance of emotions and affect extends to sub-disciplines and there are many new kinds of methodology being developed.

Our objectives are to:

  • Explore the role of emotion as a primary sociological concept and force
  • Reveal the common emotional and affective components of disciplines and sociological sub-disciplines
  • Encourage new and critical theorising on social emotions and affect
  • Employ new methodologies in their measurement
  • Understand the role of emotion as it relates to the social research and policy process


January 2012


Deb King, Flinders University & Michelle Peterie, University of Sydney

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Group members

  • Juliet Richters
  • Anne-Maree Sawyer
  • Sarah MacLean
  • Alan Petersen
  • Katie Wright
  • Monika Dryburgh
  • Janet Watson
  • Jack Barbalet
  • Margaret Gibson
  • Debra King
  • Teresa Flynn
  • Gregory P. Smith
  • Rebecca Olson
  • Steven Threadgold
  • Daphne Habibis
  • Petra Bueskens
  • Sharyn Roach Anleu
  • John Cash
  • Angela Lehmann
  • Tristan Kennedy
  • Alex Broom
  • Yarrow Andrew
  • Joel Robert McGregor
  • Christine Tillig
  • Nicholas Hookway
  • Barbara Cosson
  • Gavin Smith
  • Kim Hudson
  • Catherine Robinson
  • Ben Gook
  • Lara McKenzie
  • Jordan Mckenzie
  • Susan Banks
  • Maree Boyle
  • Julia Coffey
  • Vivian Morey
  • Ann-Claire Herrmann
  • Phillipa Bellemore
  • Penelope Pitt
  • Kesherie Gurung
  • Jessica Richards
  • Nicholas Hill
  • Akane Kanai
  • Benjamin Hanckel
  • Ingrid Muenstermann
  • Matthew Wade
  • Hannah McCann
  • Clare Southerton
  • Jayne Garrod
  • Karla Elliott
  • Ramon Menendez Domingo
  • EJ Shu
  • Ashley Barnwell
  • Joanne Mihelcic
  • Leah Williams Veazey
  • james Holmes
  • Josie Reade
  • Ashleigh Watson
  • Michelle Peterie
  • Paul Hills
  • Rachael Wallis
  • Alexandra Walker
  • Christine MacDonald
  • Keegan Rylance
  • Genine Hook
  • Debra Hopkins
  • Cameron Arthurs
  • James Connor
  • Anna Tsalapatanis
  • Leanne Higham
  • Amir Salimiha
  • Deana Leahy
  • Seamus Barker
  • Nayana Bibile
  • Jessica Walton
  • Vicki Weetman
  • Harriet Westcott
  • Rose-Marie Stambe
  • Alexia Cameron
  • Jane Frank
  • Cassandra Smith
  • Jacqui Williams
  • James Davis
  • Justine Groizard
  • Samantha Sasin