SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Mossvale

For this week, you need to watch the video/photo montage compilation and post a comment or tweet. Let’s see what you’ve learned, and what you think others have learned and expressed, about how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society.

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8 Comments on SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Mossvale

Zeljka O'Malley said : Guest Report 6 months ago

The mind body split video shows, emotions and reason are interchangeable through life experiences, and we instinctively adjust depending on the moment. Individual life experiences from birth guide and influence what comes first, emotion or rational thought. We also learn to be aware and take control of our emotions in our social environment. Civilised bodies and complex emotions video, further shows the connection that our emotions and feelings can be individual, complex or simple, which is influenced by our social interactions with others. Love and intimacy in late modernity compilation, gives a good contrast between finding modern love on tinder and social media, and finding love through face-to-face meetings of the older generations. One clip shows how social norms have changed and influenced the older generations into having a more modern view of love and intimacy. Their views on commitment, divorce and sex before marriage, has become more acceptable. Consumption, status and Body modification compilation mentioned; the difference between envy and admiration, how one felt and what they wanted to change about their bodies, and a small mention of the influence of the media on fat shame. More needs to be said about the power and effects of advertising and consumerism, and how they influence our views that shape our society (Foucalt’s normalisation). The compilation, deviance, stigma and sneaky thrills, looks at invisible and visible stigma of race and the LGBTQI* community. Although it gave examples of stigma, it needed more information on the emotions individuals felt, and the reasons, emotions and effect behind social stigma. The Modern angst, loneliness and medicalization videos were able to explore the many areas in our lives that create anxiety and loneliness in our modern, fast paced world. The video on loyalty and the insecurity of employment is an example of the insecurity and disconnect one feels in other areas of life. Finally, the happiness and reflexivity videos show that when we have time to reflect on what makes us happy, it is the simple things, such as travel, hobbies, family and friends. But somehow, we exist in a society where possession, status, money and good looks are the main ingredients to happiness. So this becomes the challenge to how one can fit and belong within modern society.

Abbie Rowley said : Guest Report 6 months ago

When watching the videos that my peers have made it is clear that this subject has made individuals really think about how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society. When watching topic 3’s video it is clear to me that most people were able to identify if the emotions they were feeling were simple or complex. There were quite a few people who couldn’t identify if their emotion was individual or social which is very interesting as we are able to identify some emotions but asking what influence them becomes a bit of a challenge. In topic 4 around the 12-14-minute mark questions are asked about if the men should be the breadwinner and all the answers were the same that no both men and women could be the breadwinner. It is proven that relationships have changed in the late modernity. Overall every one of these videos have expressed how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society through the many different topics we looked at this semester. This subject has really made me have a different perspective on the subject of emotions as it is so much more complex than you realise. Every topic has been well examined and i believe that a lot of people have learned a lot as i know for myself that I have defiantly learned a lot throughout this subject. #mvale

Holly Lambert said : Guest Report 6 months ago

By viewing the video/photo montage on a range of topics, this then helps the viewer gain a new insight and fresh perspective by reinforcing to the sociology students what they have covered and studied throughout the semester.Thus, it has allowed these different groups presenting to be able to observe how emotions and bodies are experienced and constructed and therefore managed in society specifically to their chosen topic through this medium. Each presentation approaches the topic slightly differently expressing and highlighting how they have conveyed their own understanding on how emotions are captured within contempoary society today.Some of the main themes/issues explored and examined in the video/photo montage included comprehensive interviews capturing the various social settings showcasing different emotional responses.One of the groups shot their footage in a urbanized environment illuminating how loneliness is prominant by letting the viewer gain a sense of how it feels to be lonely in a highly populated area and the reality of this staggering fact. This is demonstrated by seeing people within a crowed setting by particapating in the scene however they could dissaper instantly and become like vapour and not even be noticed by others surrounding them that they are no longer there. The love and intimacy topic showcased a story about the use of social media allowing an opportunity for a student to meet her now fiancee through the app tinder. Her story shares how this app was great for her to use as it enabled her to do it in the comfort of her own home and also allow her to sift through and cull people.In her case her relationship has worked out really well but it really makes me wonder how ordinary this process has become. As a married women the way in which this is happening in a isolated environment by placing an expectation on somebody purely from suferficial images and comments into how you look and respond promotes how this relationship will start. I obviously have a bised approach as I met my husband in a very different way and a very different environment. This to me is also only allowing people to gravitate towards each other in potentially a very superfical way without the honest and beautiful raw emotions that evolve from a authentic connection. Both these topics highlight how emotions can be shown in many different forms and how they serve to function within our highly constructed society.

Lorann McCann said : Guest Report 6 months ago

After watching the compilation videos there has been a clear demonstration that emotion and action are interpreted differently by each and every person. A common trait that appeared throughout many of the videos what that stereotyping is still a heavy influence on how people view others in different settings, this is specifically shown in the body modification video, Love and Intimacy, and happiness and reflexivity. While some compilations broadly demonstrated the topics learnt throughout the weeks, others critically demonstrated the themes covered. Love and Intimacy gave numerous examples to demonstrate how pure relationships are achieved within a range of relationships, giving examples of a heterosexual relationship, a Lesbian relationship and also the insight of a transsexual male and his relationship we were able to capture happiness and intimacy within each of those varying couples. However, Civilised Bodies and Complex Emotions failed to capture the themes of the week critically. Although the video made us question how we felt about the event that took place we were not introduced to the differences between a complex and simple emotion. In addition the video on body modifications shared the stereotypes that are places around the acts of piercings and creating an authentic body. The stereotyping included negative connotations from those who did not fit the ideas of authentic or normal to the individuals on the video.

Bronwyn Sims said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Annalise you have made some extremely insightful comments here regarding the video compilations especially regarding the body modification video. Foucault talks about the power of the gaze - the knowledge that we are constantly being monitored has a deep consequence on our emotions and as we have seen across the topic the emotional management that is required in late modernity is extreme. One may wish to reveal their 'authentic' self via body modification - which is supposedly open to our free choice but when body modifications aren't undertaken as a 'normalisation' towards the 'ideal' then people are judged - thus 'authenticity' is not seen as something that should involve subjective choice or personal emotional satisfaction but must conform to the approval of the social collective.

Annalise Stevenson said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Through the examination of the video compilations, it is clear that there is a definite subjectivity within the interpretation of emotions. Each approach to understand and express the various topics differed from each other. It is clear that the study of emotions is an ambivalent area, with an indiscernible and vague conceptions on the experiences of emotion and the feelings attached for every individual. The videos in the presentations capture the main themes covered over the semester in this class through in-depth interviews, photos and videos taken of social spaces, and also videos and images of individual facial expressions. In the Modern angst, loneliness and medicalization compilation a group utilizes original footage of the CBD in Sydney. This clip in particular encapsulates the issues surrounding this topic, the pedestrians all flow along the footpath in isolation from each other (Time: 9.03). This demonstrates the blazé attitude discussed by Richard Sennett in the essential reading for the week. Sections of the compilation for the topic consumption, status and body modification, failed to critically examine the issues and themes without bias. One example is the degradation of individuals with ‘extreme’ body modifications for example, ear stretchers, split tongues and uncommon facial tattoos and piercings (Time: 2.01). The exclusion and labelling of these individuals as disgusting and unnatural is problematic to the recognition of significant concerns of this topic area. The phenomenon of viewing ‘unnecessary’ modifications is consequential of the separation and binary opposition of beauty and ugliness in our society.

Bronwyn Sims said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Hi Everyone Please don't get confused by Sarah's blog - she accidentally posted it here a few weeks ago. This is where you need to comment on the film compilation.

Sarah Stratton said : Guest Report 8 months ago

I find it interesting to align, in this context, the periods of historical specificity in which the transitions of societal perceptions of bodies and emotions are situated. The Renaissance Era from which the theorising of Descartes emerged, stemmed from a significant period of time in which the minutiae of life and thought were controlled by a strict regime of religiosity and ritual, explicitly employed to curtail independent intellectual development or the employment of rationality as it is now understood. The body was considered a mere vessel, inherently sinful with one’s sense of self embodied within the soul, capable of salvation only through subscription to and practice of proscribed ideals and behaviour. The Renaissance was in part, a return to the intellectual freedom and thought of the Greek Civilisation, in this, Descartes’ similarity to the philosophy of Plato cannot be ignored. The conceptual elevation of the mind as distinct, invaluable and superior as opposed to the body and its functions, inclusive of emotions, has found a historic and sociological continuum in developed societies, its only corruption, the means by which, it has been espoused or articulated. The Enlightenment era and the consequent advent of the capitalist and neoliberal doctrine has furthered the subjective and individualised conceptualisation of the degree of cleavage between the mind and the body however technological advances have, in the contemporaneous moment provisioned what, is, in my view, an understanding, that is almost subversive to the rationale of our social and cultural construction. The advancements made in medical sciences, in fact, in multi -disciplinary arenas of research, have allowed for a broader and more nuanced conceptualisation of the interplay between the mind, body and emotions but yet, we are governed by societal and economically driven mores which in effect, deny their organic manifestation and practice and require a large degree of alienation from the conveyance of our natural state. It is my belief, that there is an intimate connection between the body, mind and certain feelings or emotions that, definitively influence patterns of thought. We are, in essence, actors, whose private and subjective regimes are regulated by the social, cultural and economic realms that dictate acceptable behaviour. Whilst we possess the technological understanding of these processes and a greater recognition of the influence of emotion over the prowess of the mind and henceforth thoughts, the mastery of the latter over the former is still an expectation in the social world in which we operate.

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