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A Sociology of Religious Emotion$
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Ole Riis and Linda Woodhead

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567607

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567607.001.0001

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Emotion: A Relational View

Emotion: A Relational View

(p.20) 1 Emotion: A Relational View
A Sociology of Religious Emotion

Ole Riis

Linda Woodhead

Oxford University Press

This chapter lays the foundations for a sociology of religious emotion through conversation with existing work on emotion that the authors find particularly insightful. The chapter proposes a relational account that rejects the widespread misconception that feelings are private, interior states, and suggests instead that they are psycho-physical orientations and adjustments within relational contexts. Despite the debt to the sociology of emotions, its characteristic purview is extended by stressing the importance not only of social relations, but of relations with material objects, cultural symbols, and environmental settings. This maximally relational approach is captured in the concept of an ‘emotional regime’ that consolidates the authors' approach.

Keywords:   religious emotion, sociology of emotions, emotional regime, social relations, psycho-physical orientation

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