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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 (deb.king at, Flinders University & Michelle Peterie, University of Sydney

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Group members

  • Juliet Richters
  • Anne-Maree Sawyer
  • Sarah MacLean
  • Emma Kirby
  • Marie Shepherd
  • Alan Petersen
  • Katie Wright
  • Monika Dryburgh
  • Jack Barbalet
  • Debra King
  • Teresa Flynn
  • Rebecca Olson
  • Steven Threadgold
  • Petra Bueskens
  • Sharyn Roach Anleu
  • John Cash
  • Roger Patulny
  • Alex Broom
  • Yarrow Andrew
  • Joel Robert McGregor
  • Christine Tillig
  • Nicholas Hookway
  • Barbara Cosson
  • Gavin Smith
  • Catherine Robinson
  • Mithzay Pomenta (De La Espriella)
  • Rebecca Williamson
  • Ben Gook
  • Lara McKenzie
  • Jordan Mckenzie
  • Susan Banks
  • Vivian Morey
  • Phillipa Bellemore
  • Kesherie Gurung
  • Nicholas Hill
  • Ingrid Muenstermann
  • Matthew Wade
  • Kim Lam
  • Hannah McCann
  • Karla Elliott
  • Ramón Menéndez Domingo
  • EJ Shu
  • Ashley Barnwell
  • Joanne Mihelcic
  • Leah Williams Veazey
  • Sharon Quah
  • Suzanne Egan
  • Ashleigh Watson
  • Michelle Peterie
  • Paul Hills
  • Hatoumata Sire Camara
  • Genine Hook
  • Cameron Arthurs
  • James Connor
  • Anna Tsalapatanis
  • Leanne Higham
  • Amir Salimiha
  • Seamus Barker
  • Jessica Walton
  • Vicki Weetman
  • Harriet Westcott
  • Rose-Marie Stambe
  • Sally OLoughlin
  • Jane Frank
  • Cassandra Smith
  • Elianne Renaud
  • Amy Vanderharst
  • James Davis
  • Justine Groizard
  • Kerryn Drysdale
  • Maree Martinussen
  • Carla Cram
  • diti bhattacharya
  • Alexandra Sanders
  • Renata Kokanovic
  • Penny O'Donnell
  • Rafi Alam
  • Yuvisthi Naidoo
  • Michelle Walter
  • Ting-Fai Yu
  • Elinor Assoulin
  • Zsuzsanna Dominika Ihar
  • Guat Im Bok
  • Son Vivienne
  • Tamzin Rollason
  • Anna Hickey-Moody
  • Janet Watson