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Social Constructionism and the Contribution of Culture to Emotion

Craig Delancey

in Passionate Engines

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142716
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833153 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195142713.003.0004
 Social Constructionism and the Contribution of Culture to Emotion

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Social constructionism about emotions is the view that emotions are socially constructed entities. I defend the view that some emotions are pancultural and inherited capabilities against social constructionism. Social constructionism is shown to lack evidence, and to be based on inaccurate characterizations of scientific views. The affect program theory is able to account for the social variation that social constructionists do identify.

Keywords: affect program theory; emotion; inherited emotions; pancultural emotions; social constructionism

Chapter.  8850 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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