`There is much that is fascinating here. Long-established experiments and conclusions are rubbished and reinterpreted, long-established assumptions and beliefs about emotions are soundly trounced, and generally a good going-over is delivered to the whole field... it is such a blockbuster that one can only reel backwards and tell anyone studying the subject that they would be crazy not to get it' - Self & Society This fascinating book overviews the psychology of the emotions in its broadest sense, tracing historical, social, cultural and biological themes and analyses. The contributors - some of the leading figures in the field - produce a new theoretical synthesis by drawing together these strands.

Vignette 5: Maori Emotion

Vignette 5: Maori emotion
K.T.Strongman and L.Strongman

The New Zealand Maori who comprise approximately one-tenth of the total population of New Zealand, have, since the mid-1980s, enjoyed something of a cultural renaissance in post-imperial New Zealand. While this has led to the legal creation of a bicultural New Zealand nationhood, it has not, except in the broadest sense led to a cohesive Maori and Pakeha (the Maori word for New Zealand white) national identity. To say that one is a New Zealander is now in the mid-1990s to say that one is a member of a society in which New Zealand Maori and Pakeha are in partnership, but nowhere is the precariousness of this partnership better evidenced than in the exchange and fostering ...

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