The history of emotions : an introduction /

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Author / Creator:Plamper, Jan, 1970- author.
Uniform title:Geschichte und Gefühl. English
Edition:First edition.
Imprint:Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2015.
Description:1 online resource (xiii, 288 pages) : illustrations.
Series:Emotions in history
Emotions in history.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Other authors / contributors:Tribe, Keith, translator.
Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Translated from the German.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (Ebsco, viewed Dec. 31, 2014).
Summary: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. This book 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.
Other form:Print version: Plamper, Jan, 1970- History of emotions. First edition. Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press 2015 9780199668335
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Historian Plamper (Goldsmiths, Univ. of London), author of The Stalin Cult: A Study in the Alchemy of Power (CH, Jul'12, 49-6455), courageously offers an exhaustive review and trenchant analysis of the scholarship written about emotions since the origin of emotions studies in the late 19th century. This is an essential historiography of the study of emotions. Plamper tames and orders a body of scholarship that has witnessed explosive growth across the disciplines by neutrally presenting the range of arguments by social constructivists on the one hand and universalists on the other. He does not oversimplify either pole but rather reveals the diversity within and across this divide. The author reviews and synthesizes the current state of knowledge about emotions so that other scholars can use his text as a jumping off point for their own work. The book also makes an intervention in the scholarship by promoting literacy in the neurosciences among humanists and social scientists. Plamper offers a road map for bridging the gap between and potentially reconciling social constructivists and essentialists working on human emotions. Valuable glossary and bibliography. Summing Up: Essential. Graduate students, faculty, professionals. --Tamara L. Loos, Cornell University

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