Society for Psychological Anthropology

Biocultural Approaches to the Emotions

SPA Publication No. 10
by Alexander Laban Hinton, ed.
Cambridge University Press, 2000.
ISBN: 0521652111

Are emotions given by biology or are they learnt? 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, biological and cultural anthropologists attempt to transcend the traditional oppositions, proposing various strategies for integrating biological and cultural approaches to the study of emotion. Discussing a variety of fascinating ethnographic examples, topics covered range from the effects of music to the relationships between emotion and respiration. The editor’s introduction lucidly reviews the state of the field.

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