Anger: The Struggle for Emotional Control in America's History

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 15, 1989 - History - 304 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
When the Gods Were Angry
18
Domestic Idealism
36
18601940 The American Ambivalence
69
A Contemporary Approach
110
Fighting Fair in Marriage
157
Keeping the Lid On
211
Appendix A
241
Appendix B
243
Notes
245
Index
291
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