Department of Sociology and Social Work

Anger - A Study of Norms for the Expression and Justification of Anger

The research project Anger - A Study of Norms for the Expression and Justification of Anger, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University


Contemporary society is concerned with anger. While anger usually is considered a destructive emotion threatening rationality and democratic dialogue for instance by contributing to division and racism, it can also challenge injustice, discrimination and inequality. In order for anger to be recognized as legitimate, however, it has to be justified.

Through qualitative case studies across two generations and in different contexts – the court, the job centre, in political groups and subcultures shaped by music such as punk rock, death and trash metal – we examine what anger does in society.

Anger is not only a destructive force of division and exclusion; anger can be mobilized for critique of injustice and can contribute to build communities. This research project examines norms governing anger and the social differentiation of these norms, as we expect the legitimacy of the anger expressions to depend on gender, class, age and ethnicity.

The project aims at achieving a better understanding of the emotional demands that are tacitly at work in social life, as well as of how norms regarding the expression of anger may contribute to a marginalization of disadvantaged groups.

Contact

Contact Merete Monrad, Principal Investigator of the research project Anger - A Study of Norms for the Expression and Justification of Anger, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University

Associate Professor Merete Monrad

Frederikskaj 10B, 1st floor, room 005
2450 Copenhagen South West
Denmark

Tel.: +45 9940 2613
Email: monrad@socsci.aau.dk


Associate Professor Morten Kyed 

Fibigerstraede 13, room 85
9220 Aalborg East
Denmark

Tel.: +45 9940 8147
Email: mkyed@socsci.aau.dk

More about Anger
Department of Sociology and Social Work • Fibigerstraede 13 • 9220  Aalborg East  • Phone: +45 9940 2825 • Email:  inst.issa.kom@socsci.aau.dk
Vat no.: 5798000420649 • P numbers; Aalborg: 1012066143, Copenhagen: 1018019139