Are emotions universal? Happiness, surprise, fear, anger, disgusts and
sadness etc are universal emotions which aer expressed with the same
Anthropologists say: even though emotions might be expressed
similarly from an anatomical point of view, cultures are really what
influence whom, how and in what context we can express emotions
Conclusively: *look at the first slide of this lecture
What do EMOTIONS MEAN?
How are they EXPRESSED depending on cultural CONTEXT
• is love a human universal or globally understood emotion?
• Is motherly love innate? OR DEFINED by social and cultural
context? Answer: shaped by social context
Question: why do mothers in Alto seem different than others?
Answers: women had come to expect their children to die, it was
natural and that survival was a miraculous feat. A high expectancy of
child death was a powerful shaper for maternal thinking and feeling
Question: What does “culture of feeling” look like?
Answer: A maternal feeling and practice can articulate itself through
“DELAYED ATTACHMENT” to infacnts are somethings thought of as
temporary household ‘visitors’.
The cultural expectation of child death led to the differentiation
between infants who stood a chance to live versus infants who were
born to die
State and the Church • the State who contributes to the acceptance of infant mortality
makes and made it easy to register the death of an infant.
• Emotions are not primate
• Emotions are something that can be seen and be hled as
empirical and there is a trace to its root
• Term: Emotional Triage
GRIEF – is something that you do not feel but would rather just feel for
Term: Anthropomorphize: attribute a human form or personality to
something that is non human.
Example: infants are just angels on their way up to their heavenly
Mortal Selective Neglect – the im