American Sociological Association

Understanding Events: Affect and the Construction of Social Action

June 1, 1979
Heise, David R.

by David R. Heise, The theory presented in this book relates to common social actions. According to the theory, all events have an underlying basis in psychology of affect. In particular, people in such relationships theoretically act to maintain established feelings, and when an event occurs that strains these feelings, these individuals anticipate and implement new events to restore normal impressions. The goal of this work is to develop an interpretive sociology formulated with mathematical rigor, grounded in empirical procedures, and permitting complex and subtle analyses of social relationships. Topics covered include, affect control and situated action, affective reactions, event construction and retroduction, analyzing social processes, and social roles among others. 197 pages, 1979.

Cambridge University Press