the Pliable Emotions

Xin Liu

in In One's Own Shadow

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780520219939
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923478 | DOI:
the Pliable Emotions

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This chapter explores two “ritualized” moments of cultural practice carried out on ceremonial occasions. Weddings and funerals, revived in more elaborate forms under the more “liberal” policies of the post-Mao state, have become a primary theater of collective action. The question of collectivity, its consciousness and form, is discussed in relation to two particular issues: the uses of violence and the “pliability” of emotion. The fundamental question here concerns the relationship between the social and the individual body—that is, how they are mutually conditioned and reinforced.

Keywords: cultural practice; rites of passage; collectivity; wedding; funeral celebrations; social life

Chapter.  10752 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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