The History of Emotions

The History of Emotions

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The history of emotions is one of the fastest growing fields in current historical debate, and this is the first book-length introduction to the field, synthesizing the current research, and offering direction for future study. The History of Emotions is organized around the debate between social constructivist and universalist theories of emotion that has shaped most emotions research in a variety of disciplines for more than a hundred years: social constructivists believe that emotions are largely learned and subject to historical change, while universalists insist on the timelessness and pan-culturalism of emotions. In historicizing and problematizing this binary, Jan Plamper opens emotions research beyond constructivism and universalism; he also maps a vast terrain of thought about feelings in anthropology, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, art history, political science, the life sciences - from nineteenth-century experimental psychology to the latest affective neuroscience - and history, from ancient times to the present day.In 1997 he published a programmatic essay, a#39;Against Constructionism: The Historical Ethnography of Emotionsa#39;, and it is ... happy, or where the injury of a close friend or relative is supposed to prompt concern and an intensive fixation on this person. ... 3 Benedicte Grima, The Performance of Emotion among Paxtun Women: a#39;The Misfortunes Which Have Befallen Mea#39; (Austin: University of Texas Press, anbsp;...

Title:The History of Emotions
Author:Jan Plamper
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2015


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