THE SOCIAL SHAPING OF EMOTION:THE CASE OF GRIEF
Professionals often view GRIEF as an emotion located within a given individual. Many sociologists, on the other hand, are interested in the ‘social shaping’ of grief and in how individuals engage with cultural norms and customs associated with grieving.
Using Lofland’s ‘THE SOCIAL SHAPING OF EMOTION:THE CASE OF GRIEF’ as a starting point, explore the ways in which our experiences of grief and our practices of mourning are socially constructed.
Use several examples to help ground your discussion of this topic.
Your discussion should show understanding of the following:
– social construction of grief and mourning
– cultural norms for expressing grief
– feeling rules
– social bonds
– social structure
– self identity
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