European Sociological Association Conference, Murcia, Spain Sept 23-26 2003


Emotions are crucial for social life: they give significance, character, expression and perspective to our thoughts and actions.

Emotions arise through social interactions: insufficient power is likely to lead to an experience of fear; excess of power, to guilt; insufficient status, to depression; excess status to guilt, and so on. 

In the history of sociology emotions have been central to a number of writers, from Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), to Emile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life (1912), to Arlie Hochschild, The Managed Heart (1983), to Richard Sennett, The Corrosion of Character (1998), and so on.

 There is now a large and growing specialist literature in sociology on emotions that includes: Jack Barbalet, Emotion, Social Theory, and Social Structure (1998); Helena Flam, Soziologie der Emotionen (2002); Jack Katz, How Emotions Work (1999); Theodore Kemper, A Social Interactional Theory of Emotions (1978); Thomas Scheff, Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion and Social Structure (1990); and Jonathan Turner, On the Origins of Human Emotions, (2000).

Papers in any area of sociology that uses emotions as objects or method are welcome.



Deadline for submitting an abstract is 28 February  2003. Abstract should be between 150 and 250 words. Notification of acceptance of offers will be sent 30 April 2003.

It is strongly urged that the set form for electronic submission of abstracts be used.