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Re: [xmca] What Is the Ifaluk Ethno-theory of Emotions?

This comes from Catherine Lutz's 1988 book *Unnatural Emotions*. But more
background would be needed to make sense of why he's using it here in this
way, but one of the general ideas behind Lutz' book is that emotion should
be viewed as more of a shared and sociocultural mode of experience than in
individual one -- we should not assume shifting cultural labels for
universal internal states.

On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 12:20 AM, David Kellogg <vaughndogblack@yahoo.com>wrote:

> I was reading Andre Vagan's "Towards a Sociocultural Perspective on
> Identity Formation in Education" on the subway last night and I came across
> this, on p. 48:
> "The meaning of these words cannot be fully grasped from an analysis of the
> words alone: The analyst must also come to an understanding of the Ifaluk
> ethno-theory of emotions that underlies the words."
> These words appear completely out of context. The previous sentence is
> about the world of romance in colleges. The next sentences are about medical
> students. The meaning of these words cannot, indeed, be fully grasped from
> the analysis of the words alone.
> Perhaps some creative editing has occurred. But in any case, I am
> intrigued. What is the Ifaluk ethno-theory of emotions?
> David Kellogg
> Seoul National University of Education
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