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center on everyday lives of families
winter 2004 workshop
Emotional Meaning in Social Interaction:
Toward an Integration of the Subjective and the Social

A workshop sponsored by
the UCLA-Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families
January 30, 2004, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Haines Hall, room 352 (Anthropology Department Reading Room)
Lunch provided, reception to follow

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In order to enrich its scholarship on family social activity, the UCLA Sloan Center on Everyday Lives of Families is hosting a workshop bringing together psychological anthropological and discourse analytic approaches to emotional meaning in social interaction. While both approaches share a concern for placing emotion in social context, they bring distinctive, complementary theories and methods to the study of emotion. Discourse analytic studies of emotion have investigated the ways in which emotion is codified and interactionally constituted, highlighting the interface of culture and emotional communication. This research offers a highly nuanced view of displayed emotion in moment-to-moment social exchanges, but typically does not attend to internal states. Psychological anthropology, alternatively, has attended to the mutually constitutive relations between culture and psychodynamic processes. This approach offers an enhanced view of multiple and conflicting motives and the subjective experience of emotion, but typically does not seek a fine-grained view of how these aspects of psyches relate to on-the-ground social interaction. The purpose of this workshop is to draw these two perspectives—the discourse analytic and the psychological anthropological—into dialogue in search of an integrated view of social and subjective aspects of personal experience in emotion-laden interactions.

Allen Johnson & Elinor Ochs, Co-chairs

Douglas Hollan, Moderator

April Leininger, Organizer

Presentations by:
Karin Aronsson, Linköping University
Jean Briggs, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Penelope Brown, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Robert LeVine, Harvard University









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