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Doing Emotions History$
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Susan J. Matt and Peter N. Stearns

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038051

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038051.001.0001

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Modern Patterns in Emotions History

Modern Patterns in Emotions History

(p.17) Chapter 1 Modern Patterns in Emotions History
Doing Emotions History

Peter N. Stearns

University of Illinois Press

This chapter addresses the question of whether or not emotions and emotional standards change when a society moves toward modernity. It seeks to explore the current status of the issue, to indicate promising lines for renewed attention, and to urge greater priority for analysis and discussion. For emotions history, key initial questions involve whether any emotional changes accompanied the onset of greater modernity, and certainly what emotional shifts the changing economic and social structures would generate. The goal here is to relaunch a discussion, inviting contributions from both premodern and modern sides and with a special plea for work that bridges the two.

Keywords:   modern emotions, emotional standards, modernity, emotional changes, economic structures, social structures, premodern emotions

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