The sociology of emotions is currently a significant field of research but loyalty has not been addressed directly by emotions theorists. This proposed book would take the concept of loyalty (What is loyalty? How does it fit into the study of emotions? What are the different types of loyalty? etc.) and place it in the sociology of emotions field. By drawing on current theorists, current and historical examples (including the areas of family, nation, sports, etc.) the book clearly establishes the components of loyalty and its place with in the theories of emotion. Additionally it develops the theoretical understanding of emotions by taking a previously ignored yet highly topical emotion and placing it within the theoretical perspective. Specifically, this book explains loyalties: why we have them and what they do for us and society. It also places loyalty into the study of emotions such as trust and shame.

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