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Spring Newsletter 2020

Welcome to our Newsletter in June 2020!

First of all, we hope you are well and safe.

In this newsletter we would like to share all the information which concern the vibrant field of the Sociology of Emotions with our network: New publications – books and articles, call for papers/ for contribution, blogs, conferences, events. Thanks a lot to those who contributed! We wish you pleasant reading.

All the Best, Your Board

New Books

  1. Otto Penz and Birgit Sauer (2020): Governing Affects. Neoliberalism, Neo-Bureaucracies, and Service Work, London: Routledge (Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Emotions).
  2. Bergman Blix, Stina and Åsa Wettergren. Professional Emotions in Court: A Sociological Perspective, London: Routledge. Paperback 2020:

Journal-Articles, Articles in Books and Online-First

  1. Fixsen, Alison and Cheshire, A. 2020. The Social Construction of a Concept- Orthorexia Nervosa: Morality Narratives and Psycho-politics. Qualitative Health Research. 30 (7), pp. 1101-1113. doi:10.1177/1049732320911364
  2. Fixsen, Alison and Polley, M.J. 2020. Social prescribing for stress related disorders and brain health. International Review of Neurobiology. Chapter 10. 238-257.
  3. Fixsen, Alison, Ridge, Damien T. and Evans, Carys. 2019. “Momma bear wants to protect”: Vicarious parenting in practitioners working with disturbed and traumatised children. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1002/capr.12285
  4. Zeivots, Sandris. (2019). Escaping to nature to learn: Emotional highs of adult learners, Journal of Outdoor and Environmental Education, 22(3), pp. 199 – 216.
  5. Kantola, Anu (2020). Gloomy at the Top: How the Wealthiest 0.1% Feel about the Rest. Sociology
    Abstract: Growing inequalities have prompted research on the wealthiest groups and their cohesive practices and ideologies. This article suggests that emotional expression – how the members of the wealthy upper class feel about themselves and the rest of society – provides a way to examine their position in society. Drawing from interviews with business executives who belong to the richest 0.1% in Finland and to their society’s power elites, I argue that just as low-income groups feel resentful towards more affluent groups, the wealthy also harbor resentment towards more disadvantaged groups. The wealthy executives create an emotionally laden self-justification – a deep story – in which they feel positively about themselves but assign negative feelings to other classes. In this narrative, the optimistic business elites thus become gloomy societal elites, who build empathy walls against the less advantaged groups even in Finland, one of the world’s most equal countries.
  6. Cottingham, Marci D. and Rebecca J. Erickson. Forthcoming. “Capturing Emotion with Audio Diaries.” Qualitative Research.
  7. Cottingham, Marci D., Jamie J. Chapman, and Rebecca J. Erickson. (2020).“The Constant Caregiver: Work-Family Spillover Among Men and Women in Nursing.” Work, Employment and Society 34(2): 281-298.
  8. Cottingham, Marci D. and Rebecca J. Erickson. (2020). “The Promise of Emotion Practice: At the Bedside and Beyond.” Work and Occupations 47(2): 173-199.
  9. Bergman Blix, Stina. New article on empathy, open access: “Different Roads to Empathy: Stage Actors and Judges as Polar Cases”. Emotions & Society, 1(2), 163-180, 2019
  10. Kuzmics, Helmut. (2020). State, Emotion, Authority, and National Habitus. State-related Problems of Our Time and Methodological Discourses in Sociology and Historical Sociology (with Dieter Reicher and Jason Hughes), in: Historical Social Research 45(1)/2020: 7-41
    Abstract: The central concerns of this HSR Special Issue – emotion, authority, and national character – are arguably among the most pressing issues facing social researchers in the current geo-political context. By contrast to the global political climate of the early 1990s – when the Eastern bloc was collapsing, when Europe was still in the euphoria of its expansion, and when a largely US-fuelled renewed wave of globalisation had not yet met with substantial nation-state resistance– the past few years have seen a growing number and range of counterreactions that are often characterised as undemocratic or even authoritarian. This article deals with two main topics. First, we like to stress the ongoing importance of the nation-state despite its analytical neglect by many social scientists since the 1990s. The paper discusses the weakness of concepts like “national identity” or of normative notions of “nationalism” that are commonly used in order to understand prevailing national we-feelings in the modern world. Instead the authors suggest focusing on historical long-term processes and on the various relationships between the formation of “survival units” like states and the make-up of the personality structure of its members in different nation-states. It will be argued that Norbert Elias’s concept of “national habitus” may be helpful in approaching these relationships. Thus, this approach will be helpful also for better understanding we-feelings in modern state-societies. Furthermore, methodological and theoretical problems that are related to the concept of “national habitus” will be discussed from the viewpoint of Historical Sociology. Second, this article summarises the arguments of the contributions that are assembled in this Special Issue. By doing so, these articles will be grouped in two different ways. The first type of grouping is related to the common characteristics of arguments found in all of the papers. They cover an area comprising Western, East Central, and Southeastern European countries, the Middle East, the US, and Japan. The second type of grouping is concerned with dissent in their approaches and arguments.
  11. Kuzmics, Helmut. (2018). Civilization, Happiness and the Thinking Millipede: A Commentary on Norbert Elias’s Spontaneity and Self-consciousness, in: Jan Haut/Dieter Reicher/Raúl Sánchez Garcia (eds): Excitement Processes. Norbert Elias’s unpublished works on sports, leisure, body, culture, Springer VS: Wiesbaden 2018, S. 95-117. Abstract: Elias’s lecture on the future of leisure is based on, as he says himself, on a “thought experiment” containing several very hypothetic assumptions. How does the core idea of this talk present itself seen against the background of his already published opus? Does it contain anything fundamentally new, or has everything been already said elsewhere? Since my own attempt to explore, in a quite similar way and based on Elias’s then known work, the emotional costs of highly productive Western industrial and service-societies (Der Preis der Zivilisation. Die Zwänge der Moderne im theoretischen Vergleich; [The price of civilization. The constraints of modernity in theoretical comparison], Kuzmics 1989), more than 25 years have passed. I am sketching here my own solution and compare it to that of Elias in his lecture. How could such a book be written today? It is now more than half of a century since Elias gave his talk and extended it to the larger paper. Technology and economy have undergone dramatic changes in big parts of this planet. Examples of these may allow now to “test” Elias’s utopia.
  12. Heaney, Jonathan C. (2019). Emotion as power: capital and strategy in the field of politics. Abstract: Recent work across the social sciences have converged on the issue of emotion. In the vanguard of these advances has been the sociology of emotions, broadly defined, which, in various guises – structural, cultural, critical, social psychological, positivist and so on – has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the emotional dimensions of social life, and its centrality to the explanation and understanding of social action. In this paper, and building on previous work, I wish to make a contribution to an increasingly important interdisciplinary sub-field – the political sociology of emotion – and to reconsider and explain the increasingly important role of emotional practice, understood as the strategic deployment of emotional capital, in contemporary party politics.
  13. De Molli Federica, Mengis J. & van Marrewijk A. (Published Online: 5 September 2019). The aestheticization of hybrid space: The atmosphere of the Locarno Film Festival. Organization Studies. DOI:
  14. De Molli, Federica. (2019) An aesthetic account of space: a report on recent developments in organizational research. Studi Organizzativi, 1/2019: 38-63. DOI: 10.3280/SO2019-001002

Special Issues

  1. Bergman Blix, Stina. ”Judging, Emotion and Emotion Work” in Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 9(5), 2019 – open access:

Conferences and Events

  1. The conference on Emotions in the post-communist transformation in Vilnius, Lithuania, has been postponed to September 3-4, 2020. The organizers expect to be able to organize a life event, though virtual participation will also be possible. If you want to participate – as a presenter or as a spectator – send an abstract or write a message to or If you cannot participate, but you are generally interested in the topic, also drop a line – planned are further events and activities of an emerging predominantly young scholars’ network. More information about the conference:
  2. Due to the cancelled ECPR Standing Group of EU conference, special panel “The Role of Emotions in European Politics” goes online. There will be a zoom meeting on the 29th of June 2020, 14.00 to 16.30 CET.
    Description of the event. The credibility and legitimacy of EU institutions and policies have been eroded in the wake of failed referendums, poor crisis management and the Brexit. The challenges the EU is facing are complex and diverse, but they all have at least one dimension in common: their increasing emotional intensity. Especially the electoral success of populist parties as the response of national politics to these challenges is brought in connection to emotions of anger and resentment. Despite this relevance there is still little academic knowledge on the expression and role of emotions in European politics. The purpose of this online seminar is to bring together scholars analysing the expression and role of emotions in European politics. A first section focuses on the strategic usages of emotions by European key-players, while the second section brings the attention to the role of emotions in the rise of populism in Europe.
    Program: Session 1: Strategic usages of emotions in EU politics (14.00 to 15.00)
    It is well known that policy makers and key players engage in framing processes to pursue their desired policy changes. The strategic usage of emotions in such framing processes is discussed in this session from three different perspectives.
  3. 1. The Strategic Usage of Emotions by the EU Commission
    Kennet Lynggaard, University of Roskilde
  4. 2. The power of emotions in European Union’s decision-making: the relocation system in the context of the refugee crisis.
    Rosa Sanchez Salgado, University of Amsterdam
    1.3. Resentment, Social Cleavages and Euroscepticism: The Case of Belgium
    Koen Abts, University of Tillburg & Sharon Baute, University of Amsterdam
    Session 2: Emotions & populism (15.30 to 16.30)
    Populism is and will probably remain one of the main challenges of Europe and European Union. In the papers of the panel, we will analyze how anger, fear, resentment and hate manifest themselves in right-wing and Eurosceptic parties’ discourses, but will also not forget positive emotions of reactionary politics, such as hope and nostalgia.
    2.1. Resentful reaction in populist times: An integrated model of affect, values and ‘anti’ preferences
    Tereza Capelos, University of Birmingham & Nicolas Demertzis, University of Athens
    2.2. Populist Anger vs. Anger about Populists: Discourse Network Analysis of European Election Campaign 2019 in Germany
    Monika Verbalyte, Freie Universität Berlin
    2.3. Sharing political nostalgia in Hungary. Are reactionary messages successful on social media?
    Gabriella Szabó & Balázs Kiss, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary
    You can register for each session sending a message to the organizers or


  1. Edinburgh sociology’s blog of the pandemic
    ‘Edinburgh Decameron: Lockdown Sociology at Work’ has now been in active existence for around four weeks. It can be accessed at . Since last Friday, there has been an array of contributions, among which we hope you will find items of interest:
    · Sophia Woodman shared “Wet markets are among my favourite places to shop”
    · Leanne Clapperton wrote about Dying
    · Morena Tartari told her story of The Will
    · The Armchair Sociology conversations have continued, with the most recent involving Liz Stanley talking to Nicolas Zehner about the before and possible futures of Covid-19 and to Eve Livingston about The pandemic state & its curious UK contradictions
    · Mary Holmes has provided some thoughts on Are students customers?
    · Liz Stanley has posted on What does Covid-19 look like?, on ‘The science’: some sociological reflections and on Pandemics in past times – a rogues gallery
    If you have a past or present and close or distant Edinburgh connection (for this is not god’s eye news from nowhere) and would like to contribute a story, account or moment of your own, perhaps an insight, analysis, poem, podcast or photography, then please get in touch. Details are on the website. The posts also all have a ‘comment’ function. Please do make use of this if you want to take part in, or start, discussions on the different topics.

News from Thomas Scheff (Prof. Emeritus, UCSB, USA): Revenge for Humiliation as a Cause of War
“The causation of war is a problem that most historians have found difficult to solve. My review of a book, The Sleepwalkers (2012), by the historian C. Clark, illustrates this problem (Scheff 2018). The book is a best seller, and has been highly praised by reviewers. One example: “For a century the question of the origins of World War I has bedeviled historians. But no one who examines the question will be able to ignore “The Sleepwalkers’’. (David M. Shribman, March 23, 2013. Boston Globe.) However, like most attempts, Clark’s book doesn’t solve the puzzle. His solution is not clear, but it seems to be that both Germany and France were more or less equally at fault. However, the majority of attempts by other investigators seem to place Germany at fault, but without real evidence. It is known that a large French army and a large German army were facing each other at the border of the two countries. What doesn’t seem to be available is actual knowledge of which army first attacked the other. Although this factual evidence is unavailable, there is another relevant fact that is. Did either side have a clear MOTIVE for starting the war? It seems to me that France had such a motive caused by their defeat in 1870 by Prussia and a group of German-speaking countries (which later banded with Prussia to become Germany). The humiliation that resulted from being defeated by a much smaller country became the dominant element in France, both in politics and in the media (e.g., in newspapers, poems, novels, etc. For examples, see pp. 3-4 below. for the 44 years between 1870 and 1914.) (My earlier statement of this problem and my solution, briefer but similar to this one, see Chapter 5: Origins of the First World War, in my 1997 book: pp. 115-145). An early article concerning humiliation leading to a war of revenge was published by Evelein Lindner, (2001): Humiliation and the Human Condition: Mapping a Minefield. In Human Rights Review, 2 (2), 46-63. She went on to organize an entire research group directly on this topic, publishing books and articles and organizing conferences that were concerned: humiliation caused by defeat leading to a war of revenge. Her paper noted above mentions several of my studies on emotions and violence, but not the specific study of the French role in starting WWI in terms of the French desire for revenge (Scheff, 1997, pp. 115-145).”

Call for Papers, Call for Contributions

  1. Federica De Molli is co-editing with Prof. Marilena Vecco (Burgundy Business School, Dijon, France) a book titled The Metamorphosis of Organizational Space in Cultural and Creative Sectors. They are editing this volume for Routledge series on “State of the Art in Business Research” (for more information about the series, please visit The plans foresee to publish the volume within October 2021. Abstract: This book offers a new way of exploring the transformational processes that creative and cultural organisations are going through, by focussing on their organisational space. Creative and cultural organisations are at the heart of this book, which addresses how they design and use their physical space, conceiving it as a tool to define, reinforce and communicate their image, identity, values and messages to organisational actors and, ultimately, to help them achieving their organisational purposes. Bringing together theoretical and empirical studies from scholars exploring different organisational themes (such as control, power relations, employee engagement, change, identity) within the cultural and creative sectors, this international collection will provide readers with a multifaceted and comprehensive understanding of the spatial changes creative and cultural organisations are facing. They are currently looking for potential contributors (see the call in the attachment). Deadline for abstract submissions: June, 10th 2020; (The deadline for the full chapter will be February, 28th 2021).