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Sociology of Emotions and Affect Thematic Group

Aims and Objectives

TASA’s Emotions and Affect Thematic Group brings together a growing body of theory, methods and interconnected research on emotions and affect. The group aims to facilitate connections, provides a platform for discussion and promotes collaboration among scholars working within the field of emotions and affect. Theoretical and applied research in emotions and affect transcends boundaries between discrete areas of research and is applicable across much sociological scholarship. This body of work recognises that emotions and affect are central to the unfolding of individual lives and the social world of which they are part, underpinning economic, political and social processes.

Our objectives are to:


  • Further onto-epistemological scholarship on emotion and affect
  • Critically engage with emotions and affect at the micro-level located within everyday social interactions and situations and at the macro-level, in social institutions, discourses, and ideologies.
  • Contribute to the development of methodological approaches and methods for researching and theorising affect, feeling and emotion.
  • Establish cross-disciplinary research and links between sociological sub-disciplines exploring emotions and affect.

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Established: 2012


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Group Conveners:

Belinda Johnson
Belinda Johnson
RMIT University

Tamara Borovica
RMIT University

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Maddison Sideris
University of Melbourne

Nat Kamber
RMIT University

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