By Deborah Lupton

ISBN-10: 0761956018

ISBN-13: 9780761956013

ISBN-10: 0761956026

ISBN-13: 9780761956020

During this unique examine into the character of the emotional self, Lupton locations powerful emphasis on language and discourse whereas acknowledging the sensual, embodied and subconscious dimensions of emotional experience.

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In other words, do embodied sensations contribute to the production of discourse rather than being the outcome of discourse? Thinking through emotion 37 Lakoff's (1987) analysis of the metaphors used in describing anger acknowledges that physical sensation may be the basis of the discursive network that has arisen around this particular emotion. His analysis first identifies the physiological correlates of anger according to 'folk' understandings: increased body heat, increased internal pressure (the circulatory system and muscular tension), agitation and interference with accurate perception.

Twenty-three women and 18 men participated, ranging in age from 19 to 72 years. Seventeen of the interviewees were aged 40 or less and 24 were aged 41 or older. People from a range of occupations participated, including tradespeople, clerical workers, sales staff, community workers, teachers, university students, managers, lawyers and academics. One participant was unemployed and six were retired. All but four of the interviewees were Anglo-Celtic or northern European in ethnicity (the exceptions were born in Australia of Anglo-Italian, Maltese, Anglo-Indian and Indonesian-Dutch parentage) and all but three were of Australian birth (the exceptions were born in Britain, emigrating to Australia as children or adults).

They become a part of the taken-for-granted structures of activity that surround and are ingrained in every individual' (1984: 88). For Denzin, the practices of the person reveals the self. Emotionality, he argues, attaches to these interpretive practices, which operate at two levels: the practical level, or the actual doing of the practice, and the interpretive level, the evaluation and judgement of that practice. The practice may be embodied, such as exercising, or disembodied, such as thought: 24 The emotional self An 'emotional practice' is an embedded practice that produces for the person an expected or unexpected emotional alteration in the inner and outer streams of experience.

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