Anthropology of Emotion


Anthropology of Emotion

Anthopology holds at its core the question of what it is to be a thinking, feeling human being. Emotion and how it is portrayed and interpreted across cultures helps us to reflect on aspects of power, agency and belonging.

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Anthropology of Emotions

Dear All, I am working on Music, Emotions and Identity. Could anyone help me with references for this topic? Your assistance will be highly appreciatedBest regardsChorshanbeContinue

Started by Chorshanbe Goibnazarov Jan 15, 2012.

Studying emotions across different cultures 2 Replies

Are emotions universal across cultures?Continue

Started by Meenakshie VERMA. Last reply by Meenakshie VERMA Aug 29, 2010.

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Comment by Laura Weller on November 2, 2011 at 8:34pm
"Emotion and how it is portrayed and interpreted across cultures helps us to reflect on aspects of power, agency and belonging." Are there any specific works on this someone could refer me to that would aid in writing a thesis?
Comment by MICHAEL WEBB ROBERTS on August 26, 2010 at 3:25am
II'm an old hand who dabbled in this field way back and am not intouch with the literature.but fi was familiar with Abu-Lughod and since you have mentioned Michelle R let me refer to her husband RENATO ROSALDO's Culture and Truth.
at the risk of self-advertisement you may be ineterested in my "agony and ecstacy of a pogrom" in Roberts, EXPLORING CONFRONTATION (Reading, Harwood, 1994) -- a literary piece in a way and recently translated into Tamil. This in turn led to 1993b "Emotion and the Person in Nationalist Studies" in Japanese in The Shinso, Jan. 1993. (Special edition on Nationalism Today ed. by T. Aoki), pp. 127-50..
I am not up to speeed with the recent literature; but you may be interested in the web site --WHICH SITE emerged from A Workshop in whihc SOPHIA cwas alos part of as one organising hand.
Comment by MAI Saptenno on August 25, 2010 at 2:17pm
Hi.I second to that. I've been following the idea of subjectivism which in my mind connected to a lot of emotions in terms of experience versus expression in the Dilthean hermeneutics. Besides Abu-Lughod, with her Bedouin, I also found Michelle Rosaldo very appealing to understand the place of emotions in relations to transformation and continuity. Hope to hear more of your ideas.
Comment by Meenakshie VERMA on August 9, 2010 at 11:27am
Well said about universality of emotions! Yes Geertzian influence helps all among us who have tried to study emotions across cultures. I have recently completed my doctoral thesis 'A Comparative study of experienced shame between a Hindu North Indian woman and a Catholic woman from South West France'. Well, I must say initially it was difficult but gradually I got hold of cultural and linguistic nuances and could see the relevance of Geertzian TRUTH!
Lila Abu-Lughod too has interesting things to say about anthropology of emotions. However, I must add that each culture, class and community has its own ways to negotiate with the rigid structures and the said and unsaid cultural codes. That's the job of an anthropologist to find the spaces and the ways in which people in different cultures negotiate with rigid cultural codes and structures in 'every day life' to give a coherent meaning to the life and world surrounding them.To be continued...further

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