Intimacy, home, and emotions in the era of the pandemic

Durnova, AnnaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5789-1850 and Mohammadi, Elaheh (2021) Intimacy, home, and emotions in the era of the pandemic. Sociology Compass, 15 (4), e12852.

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While much of the sociological scholarship on intimacy has been understood in the normative sense of foregrounding and supporting human closeness, this article points to the role intimacy has as a sociological concept to better understand regulatory ties between the subject and the institution. While subject and institution are treated by modernity as distinct entities, separated by the boundary between private and the public, the article elucidates their mutual engagements by reviewing the work on intimacy in the sociology of emotions. Discussing the scholarship on intimacy from this perspective enables us to understand private suffering as a social problem linked to the collective recognition of subjective feelings. To illustrate the point, the article briefly reflects the public discourse on home upended by world‐wide stay‐at‐home orders to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. While this article neither analyzes these orders, nor judges their legitimacy, it takes the particular situation as a chance to review the sociological discussion on the emotional boundaries of home, foregrounding the concept of intimacy. Intimacy is presented as a key sociological category for understanding collective recognition of people's emotions, which impacts the way emotions are seen as relevant and legitimate in public discussions of social problems.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: COVID‐19 pandemic, discourse, emotions, feminism, gender, home, intimacy, power
Funders: Grantová Agentura České Republiky
Research Units: Behavioral Economics
Status: Published
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 08:35
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2021 08:00
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/soc4.12852
ISSN: 1751-9020
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/5640

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