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The Emotions
A Cultural Reader

Edited By

Helena Wulff

ISBN 9781845203689
Published December 1, 2007 by Routledge
428 Pages

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Book Description

Emotions are a loaded topic. From love and hate to grief, fear and envy, emotions are increasingly understood as driving forces in social life. The Emotions: A Cultural Reader applies a cross-cultural perspective on emotions. It examines the fact that emotions are socially and culturally constructed, while highlighting problems of comparison and translation of local terms and emotional experiences. Are emotions cultural or universal? To what extent are there culturally distinct emotions? The Emotions closes the traditional Western gap where emotions are separated from rationality and thought: the heart versus mind debate. By presenting both classic essays and new cutting-edge chapters from anthropology, sociology and psychology with important contributions from philosophy and neuroscience, the volume connects a rich range of cross-cultural studies to form a thriving interdisciplinary debate on emotions.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Into the Mood, Helena WulffI. Exploring EmotionsPreface, Helena Wulff1. Emotion Talk Across Cultures, Paul Heelas 2. Emotion, Thought, and Estrangement: Emotion as a Cultural Category, Catherine Lutz3. Emotions, Feelings and Hedonics in the Human Brain, Morten L. Kringelbach4. Emotion (or Life, the Universe, Everything), Kay Milton5. Can Happiness be Taught?, Martin E. P. Seligman6. Exploring the Managed Heart, Arlie Russell Hochschild7. ´Catholics, Protestants and Office Workers from the Town´: The Experience and Negotiation of Fear in Northern Ireland, Karen D. Lysaght8. Emotions in Academia, Billy Ehn and Orvar Löfgren9. The Cartesian Divide of the Nation-State: Emotion and Bureaucratic Logic, Don HandelmanII. Love and HatePreface, Helena Wulff10. Shifting Politics in Bedouin Love Poetry, Lila Abu-Lughod 11. Perilous Passions: Romantic Love and Love Magic in Russia, Galina Lindquist12. Relations with the Imagined Child: The Emotionality of Becoming an Adoptive Parent in Norway, Signe Howell 13. Knowledge and the Practice of Love and Hate Among the Enxet of Paraguay, Stephen W. KiddIII. Anger, Shame and Grief Preface, Helena Wulff14. Getting Angry: The Jamesian Theory of Emotion in Anthropology, Robert C. Solomon15. The Shame of Headhunters and the Autonomy of Self, Michelle Z. Rosaldo16. Grief and a Headhunter's Rage: On the Cultural Force of Emotions, Renato Rosaldo17. Moving Corpses: Emotions and Subject-Object Ambiguity, Maruska SvasekIV. Desire and Expectations Preface, Helena Wulff 18. ´Cool Play': Emotionality in Dance as a Resource in Senegalese Urban Women's Associations, Hélène Neveu Kringelbach19. The Emotional Life of Gay Men: Observations from New York, Moshe Shokeid20. From Rational Calculation to Sensual Experience: The Marketing of Emotions in Advertising, Timothy D. Malefyt21. Emotional Baggage: The Meaning/Feeling Debate Amongst Tourists, Jonathan SkinnerV. The Emotional Self and Identity Preface, Helena Wulff22. Person, Time, and Conduct in Bali, Clifford Geertz23. Emotions and the Self: A Theory of Personhood and Political Order Among Pintupi Aborigines, Fred R. Myers24. Rachel's Emotional Life: Movement and Identity, Nigel RapportAfterword, Robert A. LeVine

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Helena Wulff is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University, Sweden.


"I believe that several essays in this book will make readers feel very differently about emotions. It is recommended for anyone who would like to have their cultural beliefs vigorously shaken up. - Media/Culture Reviews online Anthropologist Wulff has assembled the most comprehensive collection of theoretically rich and empirically diverse articles on emotions to date. Highly recommended. - T. L. Loos, CHOICE Magazine In sum, The Emotions: A Cultural Reader is a special, multidisciplinary book that would fit advanced undergraduates in psychology, cross-cultural theory, ethnology and social sciences in general. - The British Psychological Society - Yves Laberge, PhD"