Emotions, Embodied Cognition and the Adaptive Unconscious: A Complex Topography of the Social Making of Things (Complexity in Social Science) (Paperback)

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Emotions, Embodied Cognition and the Adaptive Unconscious: A Complex Topography of the Social Making of Things (Complexity in Social Science) (Paperback)

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Emotions, Embodied Cognition and the Adaptive Unconscious argues for the need to consider many other factors, drawn from disciplines such as socio-biology, evolutionary psychology, the study of the emotions, the adaptive unconscious, the senses and conscious deliberation in analysing the complex topography of social action and the making of things.

These factors are taken as ecological conditions that shape the contemporary expression of complex societies, not as constraints on human plasticity. Without 'foundations', complex society cannot exist nor less evolve. This is the familiar pairing from complexity theory: path dependency and dynamic emergence. Inter-disciplinary and complexity perspectives need to be incorporated into the social sciences. Routinely, sociologists think of social phenomena as a distinct field, expressed in the term: the 'social construction of' without apparent need to refer to other material, biological, psychological, material or ecological conditions or agents.

This book shows how the familiar sociological dynamics of identity, solidarity, differentiation and communication are shaped through the persistent interaction of unconscious and affective processing with conscious deliberation in newly emergent contexts. It is this re-expression, not the surpassing, of human characteristics in contemporary social action that needs to re-inform a complex, ecological approach to the theory and methodologies of the social sciences. The book is intended for a postgraduate/research audience and doctoral students to introduce and synthesise inter-disciplinary contributions to research into complexity theory in the social sciences.

John A. Smith is a writer and artist. He has taught at Goldsmiths, Lancaster and Greenwich universities. His previous books, co-authored with Professor Chris Jenks, Images of Community (2001), Qualitative Complexity (2006) and Sociology and Human Ecology (2018).
Product Details ISBN: 9780367568382
ISBN-10: 0367568381
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: April 29th, 2022
Pages: 260
Language: English
Series: Complexity in Social Science