Социология эмоций: основные принципы и перспективы изучения
The sociology of emotions as a relatively new field of research is extremely rapidly developing in contemporary social sciences. This field is now only emerging in Russian sociology, so it seems challenging and important to identify the main principles of sociological research of emotions based on the current state of the field. These principles can help to answer the question: why do sociologists need to study emotions and what opportunities the research of emotions can open for sociology. The list of principles formulated by the author of the article outlines the initial boundaries of the discipline and the necessary, although not complete, conditions for studying emotions from the point of view of sociology. One of the main substantive implications that can be drawn on the basis of this list of principles is that sociologists consider the role of emotions in all spheres of society's life primarily as a means of the studying unexplored aspects of social phenomena. Hence the main content of the singled out principles and possibilities of the sociology of emotions – the increase of knowledge about society is provided through the study of the socio-structural and cultural causes of emotional experiences and through the consideration of the role of emotions as a link between the micro- and macrolevel of the social structure. In a generalized form, such principles have not yet been singled out in the Russian sociological literature.