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ERIC Number: EJ900930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Occupational Status and the Experience of Anger
Collett, Jessica L.; Lizardo, Omar
Social Forces, v88 n5 p2079-2104 Jul 2010
Current theories in the sociology of emotions posit contradictory expectations regarding the relationship between status and the relative experience of anger, with some predicting a negative relationship and others proposing a positive one. We test the compatibility of these opposing hypotheses by examining the relationship between anger and a key dimension of socioeconomic status--the occupational status score of an individual's occupation--for a representative sample of Americans. We connect different strands of theory and research in the social psychology of emotions to posit a non-linear relationship between occupational status and the experience of anger. Analyses of data from the 1996 General Social Survey's emotions module (N = 1460) are consistent with this integrative account. Individuals located at the two opposite ends of the status and prestige hierarchy are more likely to experience anger than those of middle status. We use insight from Blau's macro-structural theory to help elucidate this complex relationship. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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