Of Kin, Love, and Anger

A. L. Epstein

in In the Midst of Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 1992 | ISBN: 9780520075627
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911642 | DOI:
Of Kin, Love, and Anger

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This chapter focuses on social relationships, the concern being with affect as it is experienced in the context of social interaction, relying chiefly on material drawn from the author's records of disputes waged in the village forum, or varkurai, on which to build his own analysis. It attempts to show through the evidence of dispute material some of the kinds of emotion that are generated within particular relationships and at the same time to illustrate the emotional tone of these relationships. In addition, the use of material of this kind has a further value of its own: first, insofar as any dispute is concerned with contested claims, in exposing the emotional roots as distinct from the legal basis of those claims; and, second, in demonstrating how appeal to the emotions can play a central and regular part in dispute-management itself. The chapter begins with a fairly straightforward case that turns on a husband's mistreatment of his wife.

Keywords: social relationships; social interaction; affect; husband; wife

Chapter.  14886 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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