By Benjamin Lamb-Books
This e-book is an unique program of rhetoric and moral-emotions idea to the sociology of social events. It promotes a brand new interdisciplinary imaginative and prescient of what social activities are, why they exist, and the way they reach reaching momentum through the years. Deepening the affective size of cultural sociology, this paintings attracts upon the social psychology of human emotion and interpersonal communique. particularly, the publication revolves round the subject of anger as a distinct ethical emotion that may be made to play the most important motivational and generative services in protest. The chapters increase a brand new concept of the emotional energy of protest rhetoric, together with how abolitionist performances of heterodoxic racial and gender prestige imaginaries contributed to the escalation of the ‘sectional clash’ over American slavery.
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2012. Theoretical Principles of Sociology. vol. 2, Microdynamics. New York: Springer. PART I Moral Emotions in Social Movements CHAPTER 2 Indignant Hearts of Protest The abolitionist community of antebellum Boston felt immense pride in their port city. They constantly invoked local memories of the revolutionary war. Boston represented freedom and independence from tyranny, the deep national values and scripts religiously reaffirmed at their antislavery public speeches and festivals. The city was also known as the intellectual capital of the nation in philosophical prestige and free thought, a different but similar expression of those same sentiments for independence.
Previous microsociologists have entitled this the ‘cognitive bias’ in contemporary sociological theory (a critique voiced by Randall Collins, James Jasper, and Deborah Gould especially). The main problem is constructivism’s tendency to be mono-modal in its attention to language rather than multimodal in considering multiple registers of practical semiotic modalities such as emotion and mood. Social problems construction is a rhetorical process depending and drawing upon human emotionality. The widespread cognitive bias in contemporary sociology continues to hinder our understanding of culture, power, and social movements.
Angry Abolitionists and the Rhetoric of Slavery: Moral Emotions in Social Movements by Benjamin Lamb-Books