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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 Queensland

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Group members

  • Juliet Richters
  • Grazyna Zajdow
  • Anne-Maree Sawyer
  • Sarah MacLean
  • Emma Kirby
  • Alan Petersen
  • Katie Wright
  • Simone Fullagar
  • Jack Barbalet
  • Debra King
  • Teresa Flynn
  • Rebecca Olson
  • Steven Threadgold
  • Petra Bueskens
  • Sharyn Roach Anleu
  • John Cash
  • Alex Broom
  • 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
  • Hannah McCann
  • Karla Elliott
  • Nadine Levy
  • Ashley Barnwell
  • Joanne Mihelcic
  • Leah Williams Veazey
  • Sharon Ee Ling Quah
  • Suzanne Egan
  • Ashleigh Watson
  • Michelle Peterie
  • Paul Hills
  • Genine Hook
  • Anna Tsalapatanis
  • Seamus Barker
  • Vicki Weetman
  • Sally OLoughlin
  • Jane Frank
  • Cassandra Smith
  • Katherine Kenny
  • Amy Vanderharst
  • James Davis
  • Kerryn Drysdale
  • Rebekah Lisciandro
  • Carla Cram
  • Liz Dean
  • Renata Kokanovic
  • Penny O'Donnell
  • Yuvisthi Naidoo
  • Michelle Walter
  • Amrita Limbu
  • Guat Im Bok
  • Son Vivienne
  • Anna Hickey-Moody
  • Janet Watson
  • Rohan Todd
  • Melike Peterson
  • Gemma Killen
  • Devin Lam
  • Alden Russell
  • Phoebe Turnbull
  • Christie Bosworth
  • Will Johncock
  • Eduardo de la Fuente