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Learning (by) Feeling: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Socialization and Development of Emotions

Ethos Volume 43, Issue 2.

Ethos Volume 43, Issue 2.
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Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Gabriel Scheidecker, Leberecht Funk, Manfred Holodynski – 2015

Although much has been written about “socialization” and “emotion” in different cultures, these two topics have rarely been systematically combined and analyzed from the perspective of ontogenetic development. Drawing on approaches from developmental psychology and cultural anthropology, we examine how cultural models of emotion and their corresponding emotionally arousing child-rearing practices lead to culture-specific pathways of emotion development among the Bara (Madagascar) and the Tao (Taiwan). We focus especially on socializing emotions, which we define in terms of their function to orient individuals toward cultural norms and values and to inculcate social conformity. Based on empirical data gathered in long-term ethnographic field studies, we provide evidence that the Bara emphasize “fear” and the Tao “anxiety” as focal socializing emotions.

Title
Learning (by) Feeling: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Socialization and Development of Emotions
Author
Birgitt Röttger-Rössler, Gabriel Scheidecker, Leberecht Funk, Manfred Holodynski
Publisher
Ethos Volume 43, Issue 2
Date
2015
Identifier
DOI: 10.1111/etho.12080
Language
eng
Type
Text
Size or Duration
187–220