Thomas J. Scheff is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Being Mentally Ill, Microsociology, Emotions and Violence (with Suzanne Retzinger), Bloody Revenge, and other books and articles. He is a former Chair of the section on the Sociology of Emotions, American Sociological Association, and the President of the Pacific Sociological Association.. His fields of research are social psychology, emotions, mental illness, and new approaches to theory-method. His current studies concern anger management, solidarity-alienation, and alternative methods of crime control. A forthcoming book will concern part/whole analysis, a unified approach to theory and method in the human sciences. He would like to become a generalist, but it is hard to shed bad habits.
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