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The need for an emotional work survey

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Abstract


  • Surveys of emotions offer great potential to understand micro-social dynamics

    and wellbeing not only within small groups, but within nations as a whole. The most

    commonly reported emotions in surveys – happiness, satisfaction, loneliness, etc -

    hint at the social experiences of people from different class, ethnic, marital

    backgrounds, etc. However, such questions are usually generalised to ‘whole of life’

    or domain-specific (eg work, family, etc) assessments. They are unable to capture the

    micro-social dynamics of interaction, power, and status, and consequently lose much

    of the social interplay of emotions. Many ‘social’ emotions – guilt, shame, anger,

    envy – are consequently not captured, nor is the considerable work done in managing

    emotions in different social situations, and the gender context that surrounds this. This

    paper identifies several emotions commonly ‘missing’ from social surveys and often

    subject to considerable emotion work particularly amongst women, including anger

    (Kemper 1990; Holmes 2004), shame (Kemper 1990; Scheff 1991), and jealousy/envy

    (Clanton 1996). Building on the innovative work of Kahneman and Krueger’s (2006),

    it also suggests that the most appropriate method for measuring the common emotions

    and emotion work undertaken in actual social settings is to run a time-use survey with

    open-ended questions about emotions. Such a survey would ask respondents to report

    which emotions they felt in their own words, and whether they felt the need to hide or

    alter these emotions, for a random selection of time-based episodes about any

    emotions. Such an ‘audit’ of emotions and emotion work in time-based context would

    provide valuable data to substantiate many of the theories promulgated by sociologists

    of emotion, and reveal important gender dimensions to emotions within households

    and families.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Patulny, R. (2012). The need for an emotional work survey. In A. Broom & L. Cheshire (Eds.), Proceedings of 'Emerging and Enduring Inequalities', the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2012), St Lucia, Queensland, Australia (pp. 1-14). Australia: TASA.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2722&context=lhapapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1717

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Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Surveys of emotions offer great potential to understand micro-social dynamics

    and wellbeing not only within small groups, but within nations as a whole. The most

    commonly reported emotions in surveys – happiness, satisfaction, loneliness, etc -

    hint at the social experiences of people from different class, ethnic, marital

    backgrounds, etc. However, such questions are usually generalised to ‘whole of life’

    or domain-specific (eg work, family, etc) assessments. They are unable to capture the

    micro-social dynamics of interaction, power, and status, and consequently lose much

    of the social interplay of emotions. Many ‘social’ emotions – guilt, shame, anger,

    envy – are consequently not captured, nor is the considerable work done in managing

    emotions in different social situations, and the gender context that surrounds this. This

    paper identifies several emotions commonly ‘missing’ from social surveys and often

    subject to considerable emotion work particularly amongst women, including anger

    (Kemper 1990; Holmes 2004), shame (Kemper 1990; Scheff 1991), and jealousy/envy

    (Clanton 1996). Building on the innovative work of Kahneman and Krueger’s (2006),

    it also suggests that the most appropriate method for measuring the common emotions

    and emotion work undertaken in actual social settings is to run a time-use survey with

    open-ended questions about emotions. Such a survey would ask respondents to report

    which emotions they felt in their own words, and whether they felt the need to hide or

    alter these emotions, for a random selection of time-based episodes about any

    emotions. Such an ‘audit’ of emotions and emotion work in time-based context would

    provide valuable data to substantiate many of the theories promulgated by sociologists

    of emotion, and reveal important gender dimensions to emotions within households

    and families.

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • Patulny, R. (2012). The need for an emotional work survey. In A. Broom & L. Cheshire (Eds.), Proceedings of 'Emerging and Enduring Inequalities', the Australian Sociological Association Annual Conference (TASA 2012), St Lucia, Queensland, Australia (pp. 1-14). Australia: TASA.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2722&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1717

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 14

Place Of Publication


  • Australia