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Anger : The Struggle for Emotional Control in America's History - Carol Zisowitz Stearns


The Struggle for Emotional Control in America's History

Paperback Published: 1st January 1986
ISBN: 9780226771526
Number Of Pages: 304

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In this groundbreaking social history, Carol and Peter Stearns trace the two hundred-year development of anger, beginning with premodern colonial America. Drawing on diaries and popular advice literature of key periods, "Anger" deals with the everyday experiences of the family and workplace in its examination of our attempts to control our domestic lives and lessen social tensions by harnessing emotion. Offering an entirely new approach to the study of emotion, the authors inaugurate a new field of study termed "emotionology," which distinguishes collective emotional standards from the experience of emotion itself.

A social history of anger and its control in American history and in the everyday experiences in the family and on the job. Carol Stearns (Psychiatry/Pittsburgh School of Medicine) and Peter Steams (History/Carnegie Mellon) seek to be the vanguard in a new field of study they term "emotionology," which would explore the role of emotions in history, religion, and culture, in general. The crux of their theory is that in several distinct stages, "Americans moved from relative unconcern with anger, per se, to an increasing insistence that the emotion be denoted and reproved." The latter stage can be represented by Carole Tavris' 1982 work, Anger: The Misunderstood Emotion, which argued that the attitude that letting one's anger out is healthy was erroneous. The Sternses are opposed to this theory, and their entire work can be analysed as a rebuttal to Tavris. "Here we meet as psychiatrist and historian,' they write, "in the common belief that understanding the person and his past can enhance freedom." And that freedom, they imply, is enhanced by recognizing anger as a normal response to external stimulus, rather than as an internal problem driving one to the analyst's couch. A good balance to Tavris and sure to create lively discussion in the field. (Kirkus Reviews)

Background When the Gods Were Angry
The Early Victorian Synthesis Domestic Idealism
A New Approach to Anger Control 1860-1940, The American Ambivalence
Anger at Work A Contemporary Approach
The Managerial Style Raising Cool Kids
The Managerial Style Fighting Fair in Marriage
Conclusion Keeping the Lid On
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ISBN: 9780226771526
ISBN-10: 0226771520
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st January 1986
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 20.0  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition