Thomas Scheff

Thomas Scheff is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, SantaBarbara. He is past president of the Pacific Sociological Association, and past chair of the Emotions Section of the American Sociological Assoc. Some of his earlier publications are Being Mentally Ill, Microsociology, Bloody Revenge, Emotions, the Social Bond and Human Reality, Goffman Unbound!, and Easy Rider. He is interested in creative teaching and integration of the social,political, behavioral and clinical arts and sciences, and particularly, the integration of these disciplines into new directions of thought and effort.

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Chapter 3. Emotion Language.


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1. Mass Depression and Treatment in the Army

• Part A

• Part B

Linked Articles

1. Emotions, The Social Bond and Human Reality (Intro. and Ch. 1 from 1997 book)

2. Shame and the Social Bond: A Sociological Theory (current)

3. Shame in Self and Society (September 20, 2002). (current)

4. Academic Gangs (1995)

5,6, and 7 are about N. Ireland (1997):
5. Alienation and Nationalism

6. Honor and Shame: Local Peace-Making Through Community Conferences

7. Deconstructing Rage

8. Shame and Labeling Theory: Micro- and Macro-levels (1998)

9. Discovering Sociology (1992), from the journal Teaching Sociology

11. Being Mentally Ill, 3rd Edition, Preface and Chapter 1 (1999)

12. Shame and Community: Social Components in Depression (2000)

Commentaries on 12:
12 (a). On Shame, Shame-Depression, and Other Depressions

12 (b). Personality, Shame, and the Breakdown of Social Bonds:
The Voice of Quantitative Depression Research

12 (c). The Role of Shame in Understanding and Treating Depression

12 (d). Shame, Loss of Face, and Other Complexities:
Which is Cause, Which is Effect, and How Does it Work?

13. Shame and the Social Bond: Applying the Part/ Whole Approach to a Case Study (2000)

14. Freudian Repression: Conversation Creating the Unconcious. A Review (2000)

15. Multipersonal Dialogue in Consciousness: An Incident in Virgina Woolf's "To the Lighthouse"(2000)

16. Emotion, alienation, and narratives: resolving intractable conflict. Suzanne Retzinger and Thomas Scheff

17. Individualism and Alienation in Popular Love Songs, 1930-1999. (2001)

18. The Goffman Legacy: Deconstructing/Reconstructing Social Science (2001)

19. Goffman On Surface and Interior (2001)

19 (a). Looking Glass Selves: The Cooley/Goffman Conjecture (June 2003)

20. Male Emotions and Violence (2001)

20 (a). Male Emotions/Relationships and Violence: A Case Study. (Forthcoming in Human Relations) (May 31, 2002).

21. Getting Educated at a Modern University(2001)

22. Working Class Emotions and Relationships(2001)

23. Peer Review: An Iron Law of Disciplines? (May 31, 2001)

25. A Prize Competition for Social/Behavioral Science. (August 29, 2005)

26.Building an Onion: Alternatives to Biopsychiatry (April 2003)

27. Cognition and Emotion? The Dead End in Self-Esteem Research
Thomas J. Scheff and David Fearon, Jr. (April 2003)

27a. The Bond Threat Sequence: Discourse Evidence for the Systematic Interdependence of Shame and Social Relationships by David S. Fearon Jr.
Published in: The Social Life of Emotions, pp. 153-206, edited by Colin Leach and Larissa Tiedens,.v Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

28. Letter to the Editor: Contemporary Sociology (April 2003)

Response to Donald Black Symposium: "Pure Sociology?"

29. Attachment, Attunement, Attraction: 24 Kinds of “Love” (August 2003)

30. Chapter 2: Looking Glass Selves and Attunement (August 2003)

31. Strategies for the Social Science of Emotion (August 2003)

32. Universal Human Needs?: After Maslow (January 2004)

33. Routines in Human Science: The Case of Emotion Words (January 2004)

34. Syllabus for 94AV (Freshman Seminar): Communicating Up Close. Fall, 2006

35. An abridged verson was published in the Daily Nexus, the student paper of UCSB

36. A Theory of Runaway Nationalism: "Love" of Country/Hatred of Others

37. The Emotional/Relational World in Modern Societies: Chaos and Denial

38. Blind Trust: Large Groups and Their Leaders in Times of Crisis and Terror

39. A Wake on the Pier: A Poem

40. Methods of Discovery: Heuristics for the Social Sciences (Review By Thomas Scheff)

41. Toward A Web of Concepts: The Case of Emotions and Affects

42. Aggression, Hypermasculine Emotions and Relations: The Silence/Violence Pattern (2/27/06)

43. The Structure of Context: Deciphering Frame Analysis

44. Mobilization and Silence: Emotional/relational Dynamics (September 26, 2006)

45. New Forward for re-issue of Being Mentally Ill, 2005.

46. Responses to a War Memorial, updated December 15, 2005

47. A Taxonomy of Emotions: How Do We Begin?

48. Can Concepts be Grounded? (August 4. 2006)

49. Pop Love Songs: Breaking the Emotion Code

50. Collective Emotions in Warfare: an entry in ENCYCLOPEDIA OF VIOLENCE, PEACE, AND CONFLICT, Lester Kurtz (Editor). (1999)

51. War and Emotions: Hypermasculine Violence as a Social System (April 9, 2007)

52. Lost in Translation as a part of a Bill Murray film trilogy (July 2006)

52a. Groundhog Day (1993). Film as an Art Form (April 2006)

53. Aggression, hypermasculine emotions and relations: the silence/violence pattern
(published in the Irish Journal of Sociology 15.1, pp24-37, 2006)

54. Reasons Why: Stories True and False

55. Concepts and Concept Formation: Goffman and Beyond

55a. Awareness Structures: Defining Alienation and Solidarity (published in The Journal of Power 2008. 1, 3, 237-251)

56. Routines: Every Day a Groundhog Day?
(to be published in the Electronic Journal of Sociology)

57. Catharsis and Other Heresies: A Theory of Emotion (August 30, 2007)

58. Universal Human Needs? After Maslow1

59. Politics of Hidden Emotions: Responses to a War Memorial
(published in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology. 2007. 13 (2), 1-9.)

60. Microsociology. My entry in the Encyclopeia of Sociology. London: Blackwell. 2007.
(With error in printing corrected

62. A Social Theory and Treatment of Depression

63. Review of Robert Fuller and Pamela Gerloff, Dignity for All (2008) to be published in PsychCritiques (June 22, 2008)

64. Robert Fuller: A New Voice in Sociology (June 22, 2008)

65. Expanding Goffman’s Realm: Robert Fuller on the Politics of Dignity (Oct. 14, 2008)

66. My 55 minute UCTV film, "Robert Fuller: Politics of Dignity" (October 23, 2008)

67. Review of the film Numb (2007) starring Matthew Perry, forthcoming in PsychCritiques. (October 27, 2008)

68. Review of the film The Incredible Hulk (2008) starring Edward Norton, featured in PsychCritiques. (October 8, 2008)

69. A New Goffman: - Robert W. Fuller’s Politics of Dignity

70. Review of the film The Reader (2008) starring Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain and David Kross

71. Social-Emotional World: Mapping a Continent

72. Lecture at Karlstad University in Sweden

73. Life and Death in Iraq

74. Help for Outcast Depression: Four Exercises

75. Instances and General Ideas: Parts and Wholes

76. The Catastrophe of Scientism in Social/Behavioral Science

77. Normalizing as the Opposite of Labeling

78. Revival Of Feelings: Changing Ourselves and Our Society
Published in the SB Independent July 7, 2010

79. Review of Websdale, Neil. Familicidal Hearts: The Emotional Styles of 211 Killers.


81. Art and science cannot exist but in minutely organized particulars.


83.Suppression of Emotion: A Danger to Modern Societies?

84.Things Are in the Saddle.

85. Microsociology, from The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology.

86. In the Zone: Managing Impossible Emotions.

87. Meditation as Inner Observation: An Example from a Novel

88. Alienation and Hidden Shame: Social-Emotional Causes of Conflict

89. The Case for More Generalists

90. The Witnessing and the Automated Self

91. Defining Two Types of Alienation

92. Responses to Elias's Work on Shame

93. A Social-Emotional Theory of Depression

94. Shame as the Master Emotion in Modern Societies

95. Social Treatment of Mental Illnesses (video)

96. Getting Unstuck: Interdisciplinarity as a New Discipline

97. Testing Elias's "Invisible Shame" Thesis

98. Testing a Theory of Repression

99. The Ubiquity of Hidden Shame in Modernity. Cultural Sociology Feb, 2014.

100. Toward a Concept of Stigma.

101. The S-Word is Taboo: The Shame System in Human Societies.

102. Goffman's Gift: Finding Lost Chords.

103. Toward Defining Basic Emotions

104. Three Scandals in Psychology: The Need for a New Approach. 2015. Review of General Psychology, June 19.

105. A Physical Theory of Emotion, 2015. Review of General Psychology, 19 (4) 458-464.

106. Scheff, T. and S. Mateo. 2016. The S-Word is Taboo: Shame is Invisible in Modern Societies. Journal of General Practice 4:217.

107. Depression, Bipolarity and Aggression as Emotion Sequences. Journal of General Practice 4, 2, 1-6.