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Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions

Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions


Part of Publications of the Society for Psychological Anthropology

Alexander Laban Hinton, Carol M. Worthman, Daniel M. T. Fassler, James Chisholm, D. T. Harper-Jones, Margot L. Lyon, Keith McNeal, Este Armstrong, Lee Blonder, Charles Laughlin, Jason Throop
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  • Date Published: December 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521655699


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  • Are emotions innate or learned? Are they the same everywhere, or culturally variable? Research on the emotions tends to be polarised between neo-Darwinian and culturalist perspectives. In this volume, first published in 1999, biological and cultural anthropologists attempt to transcend the traditional oppositions, proposing various strategies for integrating biological and cultural approaches to the study of emotion. They discuss a variety of fascinating ethnographic examples, covering topics that range from the effects of music to the relationships between emotion and respiration. The editor's introduction provides a lucid review of the state of the field.

    • One of the first edited books by anthropologists on emotion, and the first to explore specifically how biological and cultural factors are involved
    • Examines basic questions about human nature and emotion
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    • Date Published: December 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521655699
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: developing a biocultural approach to the emotions Alexander Laban Hinton
    Part I. Local Biology:
    2. Emotions Carol M. Worthman
    3. Toward an understanding of the universality of second order emotions Daniel M. T. Fassler
    4. Steps to an evolutionary ecology of mind James Chisholm
    Part II. Embodiment:
    5. Music hath charms … fragments toward constructionist biocultural theory D. T. Harper-Jones
    6. Emotion and embodiment Margot L. Lyon
    Part III. Biocultural Synergy:
    7. Affecting experience: toward a biocultural model of human emotions Keith McNeal
    8. Making symbols meaningful: a role of human emotions Este Armstrong
    9. Brain and emotion relations in culturally diverse populations Lee Blonder
    Part. IV. Systems Theory:
    10. Outline of a bioculturally-based 'processual' approach to the emotions Alexander Laban Hinton
    11. Emotion: a biogenetic structural approach Charles Laughlin and Jason Throop.

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    Alexander Laban Hinton, Rutgers University, New Jersey


    Alexander Laban Hinton, Carol M. Worthman, Daniel M. T. Fassler, James Chisholm, D. T. Harper-Jones, Margot L. Lyon, Keith McNeal, Este Armstrong, Lee Blonder, Charles Laughlin, Jason Throop

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