The international journal Sociological Research Online published (online first) a review of the book The Mood of the World by Heinz Bude and published by Polity. This is an interesting short sociological book about mood, reviewed by Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen. Bude’s book covers a broad analysis on the mood of the current situation and the function of collective moods. He notes that people live and make everyday decisions not only through reason or based on theory but also because of their feelings and emotions. Moreover, mood acts as a key component for the human being as a whole. Instead of intellect, people structure and find themselves as a part of the world through collective experiences. As Bude says “The world is present in mood but, instead of outside me, I find myself within it” (page 23). But mood is also personal according to Bude since “Depending on my mood, I am capable of anything or nothing” (page vii).
- van Teijlingen, E. (2020) The Mood of the World by Heinz Bude (book review), Sociological Research Online (Online First)