SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Shoalhaven

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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10 Comments on SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Shoalhaven

Amy Angeloska said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Throughout the whole subject and the various themes we have studied I have grasped greater knowledge about how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society. The video/ photomontage compilation expresses social and cultural constructs of all different people that have alternate ways of looking at the different topics and themes. Which is extremely relevant as everyone experiences different and various emotions, looking back on it from a sociological perspective, the mind and body can be different on a person-to-person basis, depending on the social environments that they have been exposed to. We have learnt that emotions, which disturb rational process and outcomes, are love, hate, fear and anger these emotions are often seen as irrational but are apart of day-to-day life. Manners are voiced as the expectation of social norms, which, when not shadowed, can lead to negative emotions such as irritation, disgust and anger. We have learnt that is it important to manage your emotions even though we as human beings can portray our emotions just in our body language. Another but yet difficult emotion we as society face is anxiety, depression and sadness these are the emotions that characterise mental illness. Those who experience mental illness also have to deal with stigma as Erving Goffman describes it as ‘a discrepancy between a virtual and an actual social identify, where a person is “reduced in our minds from a whole and usual person to a tainted, discounted one”. We have learnt that with sigma secondary emotions arise such as disgust, embarrassment, guilt and shame. Overall SOC344 has been one very interesting subject and I have taken a lot away from it. It has given me greater knowledge about my own emotions and the emotions of those around me.

Bree Zammit said : Guest Report 6 months ago

After watching the video compilation of the various themes within the concepts of emotions bodies and society, I initially thought that there was a lack of complexity in the explanation of some of these themes. I looked for the way that emotions body and society interact to influence each theme and it was clear that some video’s achieved this better than others. The consumption, status and body modification video was not only entertaining but relevant, explaining the difference between envy and admiration and looking into the changes that influence these themes in society such as social media. The visual on the screen as a back drop to the interview creates a connection between her explanation of feeling envious and admiration toward others and our own feelings of possible envy or admiration that are being conjured up as we watch the video. Furthering this they touch on examples of Foucault’s normalisation through real examples of how people feel. The video for topic three about civilised bodies and complex emotions explores individuals understanding on what is a complex emotion and what is a simple emotion by asking them how they are feeling they then ask if that particular emotion is social or individual. Although this explores the individual’s awareness and understanding of their emotion, there is a lack of connection beyond this to different influences in society as well as an explanation in the individual’s responses. It is evident that some themes have been explored much more thoroughly than others and in the conveyance of themes such as civilised bodies and complex emotions as well as the mind body split, left room further insight into the relation of these themes to society. #s344uow18 #shoal #tut11

Josh said : Guest Report 6 months ago

After reflecting on the student film complications of all the themes discussed across the subject of SOC344, each clip strongly portrays a different interpretation of the values and themes of the subject. The films discuss cultural and social constructs in how we as individuals both experience and feel different reactions and emotions in a different manner. Our embodiment is individualized, as an emotion is experienced, everyone reacts differently. The film complications discuss the social and cultural constructs of people are diverse and everyone has an alternative way of looking at the same topics and themes. Theoretical components and concepts of the topics are explored in each clip, the students draw attention to the implications and integration of each topic in modern society. Topic 2 discusses the importance of emotional management; the film successfully explores Barbalet (1998) critique of duality between rational thinking and bodily emotions. The student’s highlight the importances of interconnect between the mind/body and the power it has on the individual. Topic 3, further expands on this theme by touching on how societal changes influence human reactions. ‘Love and Intimacy’ are expressed in topic 4 from different perspectives of people; it provides a more in-depth breakdown of modern love. It highlights how technology has changed the way people express love and affection in a different way from the past (Furst, 2010). Topic 6 ‘Status Competition and Body Modification’ explains the difference between admiration and envy in different situations. Information and context through the use of social media can distort the truth; this shows how much technology in the modern era can control human’s body and emotions. Topic 7 explores the visible stigma in society and how it affects different individuals from their gender to their race. Students highlight how the stigma needs to be continually questioned by sociologists. Statistics are used in Topic 9 to highlight how many people suffer from negative emotions in everyday life. ‘Happiness and Reflexivity’ in topic 10 discusses how happiness is experienced differently from each person to the next, the video draws a correlation between happiness and ages into a graph. #S344UOW18 #Shoal #Tut11

Josh said : Guest Report 6 months ago

After reflecting on the student film complications of all the themes discussed across the subject of SOC344, each clip strongly portrays a different interpretation of the values and themes of the subject. The films discuss cultural and social constructs in how we as individuals both experience and feel different reactions and emotions in a different manner. Our embodiment is individualized, as an emotion is experienced, everyone reacts differently. The film complications discuss the social and cultural constructs of people are diverse and everyone has an alternative way of looking at the same topics and themes. Theoretical components and concepts of the topics are explored in each clip, the students draw attention to the implications and integration of each topic in modern society. Topic 2 discusses the importance of emotional management; the film successfully explores Barbalet (1998) critique of duality between rational thinking and bodily emotions. The student’s highlight the importances of interconnect between the mind/body and the power it has on the individual. Topic 3, further expands on this theme by touching on how societal changes influence human reactions. ‘Love and Intimacy’ are expressed in topic 4 from different perspectives of people; it provides a more in-depth breakdown of modern love. It highlights how technology has changed the way people express love and affection in a different way from the past (Furst, 2010). Topic 6 ‘Status Competition and Body Modification’ explains the difference between admiration and envy in different situations. Information and context through the use of social media can distort the truth; this shows how much technology in the modern era can control human’s body and emotions. Topic 7 explores the visible stigma in society and how it affects different individuals from their gender to their race. Students highlight how the stigma needs to be continually questioned by sociologists. Statistics are used in Topic 9 to highlight how many people suffer from negative emotions in everyday life. ‘Happiness and Reflexivity’ in topic 10 discusses how happiness is experienced differently from each person to the next, the video draws a correlation between happiness and ages into a graph.

Demi McLatchie said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Upon reflection of the compilation of videos and photo essays which have been presented over the last 13 weeks, in relation to emotions and bodies in society, the range of content and themes covered is undeniably evident. Video compilations on week sevens topics of consumption, status and body modification appears to have covered a broad range of concepts and themes surrounding the topic. The way in which many presentations were structured created an easy to understand demonstration of the social issues encountered by people in their everyday lives. It was particularly interesting hearing perspectives which hadn’t yet been considered, such as how obesity is considered shameful in society, due to it being portrayed as unhealthy and unattractive, specifically through the media. Week elevens concepts of happiness, mindfulness and society, were depicted through the presentations predominantly as a question of what makes you happy. Although the presentations were uplifting and refreshing, with participation of contributors of varying ages, there was a lack of consideration reflecting the individual’s responsibility for their own happiness, and how one might attain it through practices such as mindfulness. Further themes that have not been presented so thoroughly include concepts throughout the week fours theme of civilised bodies and complex emotion; although there are many examples of simple, complex, individual and social emotions, it is evident that these concepts have only been considered at surface value, with a lack of consideration into these ideas on a more profound level. This argument can be reflected with reference to students asking participants if their feelings were simple or complex, without further investigation to why these feelings may be complex, or what specifically constitutes a complex emotion. It appears that in many cases, a lot of common topics have been covered throughout the video compilations, some with richer insight, however, it is evident that the complexity of specific themes was not considered. #S344UOW18 #Shoal #Tut11

Wendy Firth said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Hi Andy, Tiana, Zac and Leanne Thanks for having your posts here on time. I would gently urge you to engage with the video montages available on Moodle and incorporate a comment based on what you find there. None of the posts seem to acknowledge these, especially Andrew's (written two months ago), as they only became available in the last few days. The inclusion of theorists and sociological concepts is encouraged. Zac, your post should be aiming closer to 300 words. Best Wendy ps Andrew - Weber #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Shoal

Leanne Watson said : Guest Report 6 months ago

Emotions can be rational or irrational, can be deliberately induced by others who wish to control a situation, be a gauge for decision making and can enable us to express our true individuality. Emotional reactions are deeply affected by norms and etiquette in social situations. Complex emotions such as shame guilt and embarrassment are also influenced by another’s reactions during social interaction. Simple emotions such as happiness are often expressed, when social gatherings are in a relaxed environment, or with friends. Manners are expressed as the expectation of social norms, which, when not followed, can lead to negative emotions such as annoyance, disgust and anger. An inappropriate physical appearance can cause complex emotions such as anxiety and embarrassment for the unaccustomed onlooker. Although the rules and etiquette of love and intimacy may have changed in late modernity, such as the ability to choose a potential partner through social media, greater equality through women’s liberation and open expression of sex, and gender preferences, the desire for an interesting personal relationship and the security of a long-term commitment seem to be prevailing. Profiteers such as the beauty industry influence social norms, promoting shame and envy. Body modifications such as implantation and tattoos have become less stigmatised. Society is often driven emotionally through stigmas and stereotyping, though they can be recognised as such. Minority groups such as those who identify as LGBTQI, or those who have different cultural features or skin colour are often victimised through othering and microagression by Individuals who sometimes unintentionally, express their reflexive superiority. Crimes such as theft of unneeded items may reflect supposed superiority or a need for an emotional high. A neoliberal environment, based on individuality seems to have created a lonely and overmedicated society, where loyalty and job security are diminishing. Although men have social some social advantages, they could be emotionally vulnerable due to their frequent inability to express emotions regarding social pressures. Although happiness is expressed through both emotional and physical conditions, it is apparent that social interaction is vital for individual wellbeing. The class groups expressed these views well. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Shoal

Zachary Ghilezan said : Guest Report 6 months ago

I have learned many things in SOC344 about how emotions are constructed and relate to each other and society. The most interesting part of the subject for me was learning about Turner’s idea of complex emotions and how some emotions can be a combination of other emotions. For example, how shame is a combination of sadness, anger and fear. I also found interesting the role emotions play in society. Everyone has some idea about how their emotions are impacting their lives, however I’m not sure many people would have understood just how much they do. For example, how they cause us to act out (deviance) and conform to societies expectations (Goffman’s idea of stigma and body modifications). Overall the subject has taught me that emotions are important to how we live our lives, including how we view ourselves and others and how we are viewed and integrate into society.

Tiana Brown said : Guest Report 6 months ago

On many levels Emotions, Bodies and Society has shown me how diverse and complicated social interactions can be. All of us struggle to conform and our range of understanding is still prejudiced by our experiences and social environments. The distinction between emotionally reacting to our surrounding as compared to how it affects us physically is an important lesson that as a society we are still evolving. Rational and irrational behaviour is determined by our exposure to education and can be influenced by our monetary status. I am still struggling to come to terms with many social changes and protocols, but feel a little closer in identifying and changing things that challenge me. Modern angst causes great isolation steering us to either encounter detrimental consequences or searching for mindfulness and diversity. Class members through their presentations have demonstrated a deep understanding of the topics covered in the course. They have demonstrated how logic and reason is expressed via the questions they encountered and were original and creative. Our communications are no longer just face to face, but interactive through many mediums enabling a wider audience interaction. We also learnt that although we live in so called civilized societies, our emotions are complex. The class shows the concept of love and intimacy and the different generational ideas on sexploitation and heteronormativity, covering a culturally diverse population. On the subject of status competition and body modification both male and female’s showed their respective sides of the coin in their interpretations. Modern angst creates loneliness and through examples we experience how city life impacts the mental health in terms of the workplace and relationships. Finally, what brings us happiness? Family, positivity and being alive are the key factors of life towards bringing about satisfaction of our own selves in order to achieve mindfulness. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Shoal

Andy Stevens UOW SHOALHAVEN said : Guest Report 8 months ago

The concept of how emotions are constructed, managed and experienced in society starts with the two basic fundamentals of Reasoning and Emotion. Sociology has now come to an understanding that Reasoning and Emotion interrelate with each other. According to the Barbalet (1998) reading, Webber believed feelings were “compulsive and disruptive” and that they are “vague” because they are “mental experiences “introjected’ into us”. Webber basically points out that emotions are controlled and created by the body and not the mind. When observing the Walt Disney “Reasoning and Emotions’ cartoon set in this week’s reading it proves Webber wrong. What this cartoon displays to the audience is that Reasoning “controls” emotion and they work side by side together in the human brain. Politicians such as Donald Trump use this “Reasoning” to get their message across e.g Make America Great Again, More Jobs. President Donald Trump has used emotion e.g I am not a Politician, Washington has let us down. This is how he has gained popularity. This is an example of how people in society are constructing and managing others in society mentally to create a positive experience in their minds of their character. #S344UOW18 #Tut11 #Shoal

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