Journal article

Durkheim as affect theorist

Ashley Barnwell

JOURNAL OF CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

While the sociology of emotions has a long history, theories of affect claim to pose new questions about contagious currents of feeling. But the definition of affect as an autonomous force that is precognitive, outside of semiotic systems, inaccessible to interpretation and measurement, and resistant to structure and critique may present unnecessary limitations for social inquiry. The division between affect and structure has left some sociologists, specifically in the sociology of emotions and the body, unsure about how to use affect theory. My article suggests that the aims of affect theory could be better served by a deeper engagement with, rather than a departure from, the traditions and..

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