This study deals with the question of how emotions are practiced and manifest themselves in everyday life. The study will establish a psychological theoretical understanding of this question by analyzing two letters to the editors from the magazines Femina and Børn, Unge & Sorg, which are utilized as the study case examples. Social constructionism and Activity Theory will form the theoretical and methodical foundation for the study. Throughout the analysis it shows how the subjects of the letters refer to an essentialist understanding of emotions. Furthermore, it appears that feelings are not to be understood as a passive reaction to the subject's surroundings, but instead is part of the subject's dialectical being-in-world. This dialectic consists in part of Activity Theory in the functionality of emotions guiding acknowledgement and in relationship to the societal, and in part of social constructionism in positioning, subjectification and narrativity. The study also shows that emotions cannot be understood as belonging to the subject alone but must always be examined in relation to the context, which is constitutive of subjectivity.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||13 jan. 2011|