Are emotions socially constructed

On the importance of emotions for social relationships. Possibilities and limits of network research

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The diversity of social relationships is so great that sociologists are faced with particular challenges in doing justice to them categorically or analytically. In this way, close and loose friendships can be distinguished, these in turn from acquaintances or love relationships, hateful relationships, enmities, but also neighborhood relationships, business relationships, indirect relationships through third parties, computer-mediated relationships and many more types of relationships. All of the relationships mentioned can in turn be subdivided into various nuances in their specific characteristics. Emotions play a crucial role in characterizing these relationships. Affection, aversion, admiration, contempt, and an abundance of other feelings form the basis of relationships and make them what they are. On this basis, certain social processes between people become possible and others remain excluded.

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