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Description - Landscapes of Emotion by Karl G. Heider

In this book, Karl G, Heider studies the cultural constructions of emotions, examining how different cultures shape ideas and talk about emotion. The main subjects of the study are the Minangkabau, a matrilineal Moslem culture of three million people in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Comparative data come from the Central Javanese, also of Indonesia, and reference is made to studies of American emotions. The Minangkabau have two different 'cultures of emotion', used depending on whether they are speaking their own regional language or the national language. And the Central Javanese have yet another culture of emotion when they are speaking the 'same' national language. Cognitive maps of the emotion terms in each of the languages show lexical proximity of terms, clusters of terms, and relations between the clusters. Conclusions can be drawn about lexical density, about code-switching, and about the use of a national language by peoples with very different first languages. Antecedents and outcomes for emotion terms provide rich data on the meanings of these terms in Minangkabau and in Minangkabau Indonesian, fleshing out the two different cultures of emotion represented by the two languages. The innovative methodology allows direct comparisons between cultures of emotion, both precise and richly behavioural. It illuminates the important issues of translation, code-switching, and the relationships between lexicon and behaviour. Landscape of Emotion will appeal to a range of readers in anthropology, psychology, sociology, and Asian studies who want to understand how different cultures shape emotion.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521401517
ISBN-10: 0521401518
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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