Unnatural Emotions Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and Their Challenge to Western Theory
by Catherine A. Lutz
University of Chicago Press, 1988
Cloth: 978-0-226-49721-1 | Paper: 978-0-226-49722-8 | Electronic: 978-0-226-21978-3
DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226219783.001.0001
ABOUT THIS BOOKTABLE OF CONTENTS

ABOUT THIS BOOK

"An outstanding contribution to psychological anthropology. Its excellent ethnography and its provocative theory make it essential reading for all those concerned with the understanding of human emotions."—Karl G. Heider, American Anthropologist

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgments

Part 1: Introduction

Chapter One: The Cultural Construction of Emotions

Chapter Two: Paths to Ifaluk

The Genesis of the Project

Historical Routes to Ifaluk

1. The Caroline Islands

2. Ifaluk Atoll

One Anthropological Road

An Approach to the Cross-Cultural Study of Emotion

Photographs

Part 2: Two Cultural Views of Emotion and Self

Chapter Three: Emotion, Thought, and Estrangement: Western Discourses on Feeling

Emotion against Thought, Emotion against Estrangement Emotion as the Irrational

Emotion as Unintended and Uncontrollable Act

Emotion as Danger and Vulnerability

Emotion as Physicality

Emotion as Natural Fact

Emotion as Subjectivity

Emotion as Female

Emotion as Value

Chapter Four: The Ethnopsychological Contexts of Emotion: Ifaluk Beliefs about the Person

Ethnopsychology as a Domain of Study

Person, Self, and Other: Categories of Agents and Variation in Consciousness

Explaining and Evaluating Behavior

Conclusion

Part 3: Need, Violation, and Danger: Three Emotions in Everyday Life

Chapter Five: Need, Nurturance, and the Precariousness of Life on a Coral Atoll: The Emotion of Fago (Compassion/Love/Sadness)

The Forms of Need and Nurturance

Fago as Maturity, Nurturance as Power

Fago, Compassion, Love, and Sadness: A Comparison of Two Emotional Meaning Systems

Emotional Meaning and Material Conditions on a Coral Atoll

Chapter Six: Morality, Domination, and the Emotion of "Justifiable Anger"

Moral Anger and Ifaluk Values

Domination and the Ideological Role of Justifiable Anger

The Scene that Constitutes Justifiable Anger

Anger, Song, Personal Restraint, and Moral Judgment

Conclusion

Chapter Seven: The Cultural Construction of Danger

The Nature of Danger

Variation in the Perception of Threat

The Things That Are Done with Fear

The First Construction: Local Theories of Emotion

The Second Construction: Foreign Observers and Their Emotion Theories

The Third Construction: Culture and Ideology in Academic Emotion Theory

Epilogue

Notes

References

Index