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Timothy J. Cooley

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042362

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042362.001.0001

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Lament and Affective Cardiac Responses

Lament and Affective Cardiac Responses

(p.229) Chapter 18 Lament and Affective Cardiac Responses
Cultural Sustainabilities
Timothy J. Cooley
University of Illinois Press

This chapter considers the funeral lament as an integral part of larger adaptive process regulating emotions. Sustainability of the lament is understood here in the spirit of Jeff Titon's pioneering approach to sustainability of music cultures. For centuries, the lament retained its capacity to change not only in response to extremely emotional situations and life transformations, but also as a direct channel of their productive management. Ethnographic studies of the lament demonstrate its role both in expressing emotions of grief and in mobilizing social support. By juxtaposing earlier ethnographic studies with new empirical research on the affective heart responses to lament, this chapter offers insight into the lament's role in preventing the physical and cognitive breakdown of the grief-stricken body and thus in sustaining human life.

Keywords:   affective heart response, cognitive breakdown, emotion, emperical research, ethnographic studies, funeral, grief, lament, productive management, sustainability

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