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The Emotions
Social, Cultural and Biological Dimensions

Edited by:
  • Rom Harre - University of Oxford & Georgetown University, Washington
  • W Gerrod Parrott - Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA


June 1996 | 336 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`There is much that is fascinating here. Long-established experiments and conclusions are rubbished and reinterpreted, long-established assumptions and beliefs about emotions are soundly trounced, and generally a good going-over is delivered to the whole field... it is such a blockbuster that one can only reel backwards and tell anyone studying the subject that they would be crazy not to get it' - Self & Society

This fascinating book overviews the psychology of the emotions in its broadest sense, tracing historical, social, cultural and biological themes and analyses. The contributors - some of the leading figures in the field - produce a new theoretical synthesis by drawing together these strands.

From the standpoint of the function of the emotions in everyday life, the authors focus on: the discursive role played by the emotions in expressing judgements about, attitudes to and contrition for actions done by the self and others, and how certain emotions - such as guilt, shame, embarrassment, chagrin and regret - seem to play a role in social control; the variation and diversity in emotion, which provides scope for exploring how patterns of emotion contrast in different societies, across gender lines, at different historical times, and between children and adults; and the way in which the body is shaped and its functions influenced by culturally maintained patterns of emotion displays.

 
INTRODUCTION: SOME COMPLEXITIES IN THE STUDY OF EMOTIONS
W Gerrod Parrott and Rom Harr[ac]e
Overview
Daniel N Robinson
Vignette 1
Aristotle on the Emotions  
James R Averill
Vignette 2
Intellectual Emotions  
 
PART ONE: THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF EMOTIONS
W Gerrod Parrott and Rom Harr[ac]e
Embarrassment and the Threat to Character
Gabrielle Taylor
Guilt and Remorse
John Demos
Shame and Guilt in Early New England
Janet Landman
Social Control of `Negative' Emotions
The Case of Regret  
Christopher Ricks
Vignette 3
Keats and Embarrassment  
Inmaculada Iglesias
Vignette 4
Verg[um]uenza Ajena  
 
PART TWO: HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL VARIETY IN EMOTIONS
Peter N Stearns and Mark Knapp
Historical Perspectives on Grief
Catherine A Lutz
Engendered Emotion
Gender, Power and the Rhetoric of Emotional Control in American Discourse  
Paul Heelas
Emotion Talk across Cultures
Kenneth T Strongman and Luke Strongman
Vignette 5
Maori Emotion  
 
PART THREE: THE BIOLOGICAL DIMENSIONS OF EMOTION
James R Averill
An Analysis of Psychophysiological Symbolism and Its Influence on Theories of Emotion
Gerald P Ginsburg and Melanie E Harrington
Bodily States and Context in Situated Lines of Action
Alan J Fridlund and Bradley Duchaine
`Facial Expression of Emotion' and the Delusion of the Hermetic Self
James D Laird and Nicholas H Apostoleris
Emotional Self-Control and Self-Perception
Feelings Are the Solution, Not the Problem  
Charles Darwin
Self-Attention - Shame - Shyness - Modesty
Blushing  
Keith Oatley
Vignette 6
Emotions: Communications to the Self and Others  
Kenneth T Strongman
Vignette 7
A Private Eye into Disgust  

`There is much that is fascinating here. Long-established experiments and conclusions are rubbished and reinterpreted, long-established assumptions and beliefs about emotions are soundly trounced, and generally a good going-over is delivered to the whole field... it is such a blockbuster that one can only reel backwards and tell anyone studying the subject that they would be crazy not to get it' - Self & Society

`The book consists of a series of erudite chapters on a wide array of emotions, including regret, hope, embarrassment and grief. It includes new research on emotion, but also incorporates a number of older key works, such as a chapter by Darwin on blushing. The book provides insight into why the biological perspective has dominated psychological explanations of emotion... A strong feature of the book is its emphasis on a range of emotions beyond the "basic" emotions. In order to explain other emotional reactions, theorists find it necessary to draw on social and cultural features... the book... forces more biologically inclined readers to consider whether their theories can be applied to the rich array of emotions' - The Psychologist

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