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On Status Competition and Emotion Management

Cas Wouters
Journal of Social History
Vol. 24, No. 4 (Summer, 1991), pp. 699-717
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3788853
Page Count: 19
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On Status Competition and Emotion Management
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Abstract

This article aims at an explanation for the rising interest in emotions. Its sociogenesis is located in the increasing density of interdependency networks, in which the competition in emotion management as a form of status competition has intensified. Since the end of last century, the emancipation and integration of social groups in these networks has coincided with an 'emancipation of emotions,' emotions which previously were hidden behind social and individual scenes. As the art of obliging and being obliged became more important as a power resource and the whole of emotion management became more demanding, emotions have gained acceptance as guides for behaviour, whereas before, they were predominantly seen as a source of transgression. The now dominant mode of emotion management has reached a strength and scope that enable people to admit (violent and sexual) emotions and impulses, without provoking the fear of losing control and of having to give in to them. Just like Freud's 'discovery' of 'animalic' emotions and motives happened at the peak of their repression and denial, by analogy, the study of emotions began to spread when rejection of repression and denial of emotions seemed to reach its height.

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