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Who is called "emotional"? And what does it mean? How do we know that a person is "speaking from the heart"? The prevailing stereotype is that she is emotional, while he is not. In Speaking From the Heart, Stephanie Shields uses examples from everyday life, contemporary culture and the latest research to illustrate how culturally shared beliefs about emotion are used to shape our identities as women and men and she exposes the historically shifting and tacit assumptions these beliefs are based on. Everything from nineteenth century ideals of womanhood, to baseball and the new man is considered in the context of how emotion effects our everyday lives. Shields argues that the question of anger is the fundamental paradox in the emotional female/unemotional male stereotype: the stereotype of emotionality is female, but the stereotype of anger, a prototypic emotion, is male. Why is it that anger, which is so often portrayed as childish (peevish, irritable, testy, sullen, cranky, touchy, irked), and the essence of the apparently uncontrollable, irrational character of emotion, is masculine? Is there a difference (either conceptually or behaviorally) between masculine anger and the anger of immature tantrums? Is anger, in fact, viewed as emotionality when displayed or experienced by adult men? Stephanie A. Shields is Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at The Pennsylvania State University. She served as Director of Women's Studies at the University of California, Davis and more recently at Penn State. Her research and numerous articles address the intersection of the psychology of emotion, the psychology of gender and feminist psychology. This is her first book.Read more
- Hot topic which appeals to a wide readership in psychology, sociology, American Studies, women's and gender studies, communication studies - expert and non-expert alike
- Accessible, engaging writing style
- Includes many examples drawn from everyday life and contemporary culture
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"This fresh analysis...is important for anyone interested in gender or emotion, in the past or present."
--Susan J. Matt, Weber State University, Journal of Social HistorySee more reviews
"[A]n engaging, illuminating, and panoramic book. Speaking from the Heart is filled with provocative insights."
--American Journal of Sociology
"This is an extraordinarily well-written book....Excellent interdisciplinary scholarship, intelligent theoretical analyses, and lucid writing...make this book an important piece of scholarly work in the field of psychology and related disciplines."
"Shields presents a persuasive case for the dual social construction of gender and emotional expressivity. Regardless of one's theoretical perspective, this book is important and recommended for lower- and upper- division undergraduates, graduate sudents, and researchers interested in the study of emotion."
"One doesn't often come upon this type of scholarly book. Stephanie Shields has succeeded in writing a book that is intellectually challenging, refreshing and inspiring...[A] fantastic book that I would like to recommend strongly to anyone interested in emotion, in gender, or both."
--Psychology of Women Quarterly
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- Date Published: July 2002
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521802970
- length: 230 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
- weight: 0.51kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. That 'vivid, unforgettable condition'
2. When does gender matter?
3. Doing emotion/doing gender: practising in order to 'get it right'
4. Sentiment, sympathy, and passion in the late nineteenth century
5. The education of the emotions
6. Ideal emotion and the fallacy of the inexpressive male
7. Emotional = female
angry = male?
8. Speaking from the heart
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