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Social Functions of Emotions at Four Levels of Analysis
Cognition & Emotion
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: 1999
Pages: 505-521
Source ID: shanti-sources-22915
Zotero Collections: Contexts of Contemplation Project

In this paper we integrate claims and findings concerning the social functions of emotions at the individual, dyadic, group, and cultural levels of analysis. Across levels of analysis theorists assume that emotions solve problems important to social relationships in the context of ongoing interactions. Theorists diverge, however, in their assumptions about the origins, defining characteristics, and consequences of emotions, and in their preferred forms of data. We illustrate the differences and compatibilities among these levels of analysis for the specific case of embarrassment. We close by suggesting research strategies that incorporate a social-functional perspective.

Contexts of Contemplation Project