Opening address: Emotions in social life: new advance in sociological and policy research
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This one-day inaugural workshop was co-hosted by the Dept of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney and the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW. It explored the role of emotion as a primary sociological concept and force as it relates to the social research and policy process, recognising that emotions drive the functioning of many social policies, and are also the object of policies aimed at improving wellbeing or reduce loneliness or depression or anger-related violence. The workshop brought together leading Australian researchers to present and discuss their research on the interconnections between emotionality, social theory and policy, and was successful in improving the visibility of sociological research on emotions within Australia.
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