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Ritual and Emotions

Moving Relations, Patterned Effusions

François Berthomé and Michael Houseman

This article reconsiders the connection between 'ritual' and 'emotion' from a pragmatic, relational perspective in which rituals are seen as dynamic interactive contexts and emotions as fairly short-lived emergent properties and integral components of these interactions. It emphasizes ritual's capacity to reallocate social positions by instantiating characteristic patterns of relationship, and the way particular emotions crystallize and express these patterns. In short, ritual emotions are treated as the sensate qualities of ritual relationships. From this standpoint, emotions feature in ceremonial settings not as striking experiences grafted onto practices and representations, but as constitutive aspects of ritual interactions themselves, whose properties of bodily salience and relational reflexivity both reflect and inflect the latter's course in a variety of sensory, expressive, moral, and strategic ways. Four issues relating to ritual and emotion are discussed within the framework of particular ceremonial practices that have been the object of much recent research: (1) the ritual expression of emotions in funerary laments, (2) the waning of cathartic models in the interpretation of rites of affliction, (3) the intense emotional arousal characteristic of initiatory ordeals, and (4) the self-constructive, affective dimensions of contemporary devotional practices.

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Diverse Driving Emotions

Exploring Chinese Migrants’ Mobilities in a Car-Dependent City

Sophie-May Kerr, Natascha Klocker, and Gordon Waitt

driving emotions are diverse. For some people, like the Chinese migrants involved in this study, negative feelings detract from the desire to drive, with implications for patterns of car use. Our participants’ narratives made direct links between transport

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Carl Plantinga

Screen Stories: Emotion and the Ethics of Engagement (hereafter Screen Stories ) provides a framework for an ethics of long-form storytelling on screens. The book conceives of ethics as the “ecology of storytelling.” We likely all agree that the

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Concepts of Emotions in Indian Languages

Margrit Pernau

Everyone can lay claim to inside knowledge in the field of emotions: everyone has emotions and has lived with emotions for many years, handling, controlling, and evoking them not only in him- or herself, but also recognizing and managing the

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Putting the Culture into Bioculturalism

A Naturalized Aesthetics and the Challenge of Modernism

Dominic Topp

. The section I wish to address comes within a broader discussion of emotion as “an integral feature of ordinary existence” that is “central to our experience of most forms of art” ( Smith 2017: 154–155 ). Smith proposes that we should “steer a course

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Rainer Reisenzein

illustrates the proposed brand of naturalized aesthetics in a series of case studies that focus on the role of emotions. With these investigations, he continues a trend within film studies that he has himself helped to develop ( Smith 1995 ) and that

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Rethinking Adaptation

Emotions, Evolution, and Climate Change

Debra J. Davidson

following exploration into emotions makes clear. I fully agree with Paul McLaughlin (2012: 248) , who argues “for both theoretical and substantive reasons, the question of adaptation and how to integrate the environment into social theory has become, as it

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Malcolm Turvey

these perspectives, chiefly with “affective pleasures” (35); and that these perspectives can “transfer” to the real world along with broader dispositions to respond in certain ways to reality (70). As Plantinga repeatedly acknowledges, emotion is central

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“Mind the Gap”

Between Movies and Mind, Affective Neuroscience, and the Philosophy of Film

Jane Stadler

refers to as a naturalized aesthetics of film, which sees cinema as a technocultural product of fundamental human capacities related to perception, cognition, and emotion. Taking a biocultural approach that examines the interrelationship between

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“Give Me Back My Son!”

Eleanor of Aquitaine, Emotion Talk, and the Gendering of Political Rhetoric

Linda E. Mitchell

, but that few discuss in detail: Eleanor’s rhetorical use of emotion in her letters, specifically those presumably written to Pope Celestine III during her son Richard I’s captivity in Germany in 1192–1194. The provenance and purpose of the letters has