Thomas Scheff is Professor Emeritus at UCSB. He is the author of Being Mentally Ill, Microsociology, Bloody Revenge, Emotions, the Social Bond and Human Reality, Goffman Unbound!(2006), and Easy Rider: Poems, Essays and Memoir (2007). He served as Chair of the Section on the Sociology of Emotions, American Sociological Association, and President of the Pacific Sociological Association. His fields of research are social psychology, emotions, masculinity, and collective conflict.

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