The Affective Turn and the Social Sciences

The intersubjective or relational world of Dirty Looks is not well catered for in the academic literature (as a phenomenon in its own right), and so Margaret Wetherell’s new book Affect and emotion: a new social science understanding is a welcome addition to the work in this area. The aim of the book is to […]

Saving Face

The Public and the Private

The publication in 1959 of Erving Goffman’s The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life had a bigger impact on the social sciences than to be expected from such a dense and sometimes awkward text. The timing helped – its focus on dramaturgy in social interaction in the late 1950s appealed equally to the prevailing processes […]