The Sociological Study of Anger: Basic Social Patterns and Contexts



Anger is a highly social emotion. Most people know what it is like to play the part of the angry actor or be a bystander to, or recipient of, somebody else’s wrath. It is commonplace to witness the exchange of angry expressions between other individuals in real life, on stage, or in the media. Anger provides drama; rage enlarges it. Anger can sharpen one’s critical perspective and creative edge. Its expression can stimulate the lifeless and detached. While there is little doubt that anger can be personally and socially destructive – if it is too intense, enduring, and misdirected – anger can motivate and mobilize efforts against the injustices of everyday life (see Chapter 17).


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