Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226237800 Will Publish April 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226237947 Will Publish April 2015

Everyday Troubles

The Micro-Politics of Interpersonal Conflict

Robert M. Emerson

Everyday Troubles
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Robert M. Emerson

304 pages | 2 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780226237800 Will Publish April 2015
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780226237947 Will Publish April 2015
From roommate disputes to family arguments, trouble is inevitable in interpersonal relationships. In Everyday Troubles, Robert M. Emerson explores the beginnings and development of the conflicts that occur in our relationships with the people we regularly encounter—family members, intimate partners, coworkers and others—and the common responses to such troubles.
            To examine these issues, Emerson draws on interviews with college roommates, diaries documenting a wide range of irritation with others, conversations with people caring for family members suffering from Alzheimer’s, studies of family interactions, neighborly disputes, and other personal accounts. He considers how people respond to everyday troubles: in non-confrontational fashion, by making low-visibility, often secretive, changes in the relationship; more openly by directly complaining to the other person; or by involving a third party, such as friends or family. He then examines how some relational troubles escalate toward extreme and even violent responses, in some cases leading to the involvement of outside authorities like the police or mental health specialists. By calling attention to the range of possible reactions to conflicts in interpersonal relationships, Emerson also reminds us that extreme, even criminal actions often result when people fail to find ways to deal with trouble in moderate, non-confrontational ways. Innovative and insightful, Everyday Troubles is an illuminating look at how we deal with discord in our relationships.
Diane Vaughan, Columbia University
“Emerson has written his magnum opus—a path-breaking work destined to be a classic because it offers fresh insights into relationship troubles in everyday life that are enduring universal concerns. This achievement is the culmination of a career devoted to exploring many kinds of interpersonal relationships and the differences and similarities between them. When brought together, as Emerson does here, the insights he offers go far beyond other scholarship. . .”
James Holstein, Marquette University
“This line of work is highly original. Emerson is the pioneer in examining the micro-politics of trouble. This book follows up decades of ground-breaking and trend-setting scholarship on interpersonal troubles with a new foray into the nascent, informal aspects of troubles which may (or may not) eventually become serious. . . . Emerson’s work has always been insightful, innovative, and sound. This is no exception.”
Contents

Contents
Foreword by Jack Katz
Preface
Acknowledgments

One       Introduction
Two      Beginnings
Three     Unilateral Responses
Four      Remedial Complaints
Five       Informal Others
Six        Accusations and Extreme Responses
Seven    Authoritative Involvement
Eight     Conclusion

Reference List
Index

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