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Emotional Worlds

Beyond an Anthropology of Emotion

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Are emotions human universals? Is the concept of emotion an invention of Western tradition? If people in other cultures live radically different emotional lives how can we ever understand them? Using vivid, often dramatic, examples from around the world, and in dialogue with current work in psychology and philosophy, Andrew Beatty develops an anthropological perspective on the affective life, showing how emotions colour experience and transform situations; how, in turn, they are shaped by culture and history. In stark contrast with accounts that depend on lab simulations, interviews, and documentary reconstruction, he takes the reader into unfamiliar cultural worlds through a 'narrative' approach to emotions in naturalistic settings, showing how emotions tell a story and belong to larger stories. Combining richly detailed reporting with a careful critique of alternative approaches, he argues for an intimate grasp of local realities that restores the heartbeat to ethnography.

Product code: 9781107605374

ISBN 9781107605374
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW151xS18
No. Of Pages 314
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series New Departures in Anthropology
Emotional Worlds is the first anthropological work in a generation to reconsider the nature of emotion, a preoccupation of our age. Adopting a narrative approach, it explores cultural worlds from the intimate perspective of the emotional life, showing how emotions tell a story, shaping lives, transforming situations and colouring experience.