Sé ed emozioni nell’interazionismo simbolico
| STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2012 - 3
P. Iagulli, Self and emotions in symbolic interactionism
The idea which inspires this essay is to enquire on the place of emotions within what is
probably the most «subjectivist» sociological perspective: symbolic interactionism. I will try to
demonstrate that there was substantially no space for emotions in what can be defined «classical»
symbolic interactionism, that of George H. Mead and Herbert Blumer: this is surprising, but
only to a certain point. Symbolic interactionism began to thematize emotions starting from the
generation of scholars that can be defined post-blumerian (Shott, Scheff, Heise). The reason for
this «delay» is also cultural: this scientific field was, at least in part, a child of its time, i.e. the expression
of an «emotional culture» which began to assert itself in a significant manner, especially
in the United States, starting from the second half of the Seventies.
Key words: self, emotions, Mead, Blumer, post-blumerian symbolic interactionism.