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Speaking from the Heart

Gender and the Social Meaning of Emotion

Author(s): Stephanie A. Shields

ISBN: 9780521004497
Publication Date: 12-08-2010
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Who gets called 'emotional'? And what does it mean when that happens? What tells us that a person is 'speaking from the heart'? The prevailing stereotype is that she is emotional, while he is not. In Speaking From the Heart Professor Shields draws on examples from everyday life, contemporary culture and comprehensive research, to reveal how culturally shared beliefs about emotion shape our identities as women and men. She shows how the discourse of emotion is fundamentally concerned with judgements about authenticity and legitimacy of experience, themes deeply implicated in creating and maintaining gender boundaries. This fascinating exploration of gender and emotion in a clear and engaging style takes up topics as diverse as nineteenth-century ideals of womanhood, weeping politicians, children's play and the Superbowl. It is a must read for anyone interested in the way emotion affects our everyday lives.

  • Hot topic which appeals to a wide readership in psychology, sociology, American Studies, women's and gender studies, communication studies - expert and non-expert alike
  • Accessible, engaging writing style
  • Includes many examples drawn from everyday life and contemporary culture