A New Emotional Stratification?

Eva Illouz

in Saving the Modern Soul

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780520224469
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941311 | DOI:
A New Emotional Stratification?

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This chapter examines the effects of psychological knowledge on social structure. It discusses some of Sigmund Freud's observations that have important consequences for our understanding of the relationship between culture, emotions, and social class. It analyzes the social and economic consequences of such gender-blind or androgynous narratives of selfhood and suggests that psychology has transformed the resources that actors draw on in competitive arenas of struggle, creating new fault lines between social and gender stratification.

Keywords: psychological knowledge; social structure; Sigmund Freud; culture; emotions; social class; androgynous narrative; psychology; gender stratification; social stratification

Chapter.  15444 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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