RE: the psychology of dissent

From: Eugene Matusov (
Date: Thu Jan 08 2004 - 17:08:09 PST

Dear Andy and everybody-


Although, anger seems to be an "obviously" universal human feeling some
authors disagree with that. Specifically, I think about the following book

Briggs, J. L. (1970). Never in anger: Portrait of an Eskimo family.
Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


Jean Briggs is an anthropologist who studied an Intuit community. She argues
and provides evidence that this community never experiences anger.


I read the book and found it is very interesting and convincing. But I'm not
an anthropologist and I do not know where the field is with regard to
Briggs' claim. I'd appreciate if some knowledgeable people educate me about







From: IRAJ IMAM []
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2004 1:32 PM
Subject: RE: the psychology of dissent


Can anyone tell me what exactly are those small range of distinct emotional

Fear is obviously one; anger; I have heard that shame is in common with the
animals; joy.

Can people help me with this one?




HI Andy,


Thomas J. Scheff of UC Santa Barbara has written books on the Sociology of
Emotions. He and her wife see shame as a basic emotion that is the base for
violence at interpersonal and in inter-group levels.

Scheff, T. J. (1977) 'The distancing of emotion in ritual'. Current
Anthropology' Vol 18. No.3:483-504.

Scheff, T. J. (1979) Catharsis in Healing Ritual, and Drama. Berkely:
Iniversity of California Press.

Scheff, T.J. (1990) Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion and Social Structure.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press





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