Metaphor and Emotion: Language, Culture, and Body in Human Feeling

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Cambridge University Press, 2003 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 223 pages
Are human emotions best characterized as biological, psychological, or cultural entities? Many researchers claim that emotions arise either from human biology (i.e., biological reductionism) or as products of culture (i.e., social constructionism). This book challenges this simplistic division between the body and culture by showing how human emotions are to a large extent "constructed" from individuals' embodied experiences in different cultural settings. The view proposed here demonstrates how cultural aspects of emotions, metaphorical language about the emotions, and human physiology in emotion are all part of an intergrated system and shows how this system points to the reconciliation of the seemingly contradictory views of biological reductionism and social constructionism in contemporary debates about human emotion.
 

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Contents

Language and Emotion Concepts
1
Metaphors of Emotion
20
Emotion Metaphors Are They Unique to the Emotions?
35
Events and Emotions The Subcategorization of Emotions
51
The Force of Emotion
61
Emotions and Relationships
87
Folk Versus Expert Theories of Emotion
114
Universality in the Conceptualization of Emotions
139
Cultural Variation in the Conceptualization of Emotion
164
Emotion Language A New Synthesis
182
References
201
Author Index
211
Subject Index
213
Metaphor and Metonymy Index
216
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