Humiliation And Other Essays on Honor Social Discomfort



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    According to its Library of Congress call number this is a book about psychology subsection affection feeling emotion This is a little misleading Miller isn't a psychologist; most of his examples are drawn from literature especially the Icelandic sagas Dostoyevsky and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight But if you're put off by those sources there's still a lot in here to enjoy Much of the first chapter is about gift exchanges both ancient and modern Gift exchanges are bound up with honor status differences and the potential for embarrassment and humiliation Miller investigates the historical development of shame one of the oldest emotions; its cousins embarrassment and humiliation are relative latecomersThis from the Introduction gives a taste of what follows One might hazard the strong claim with some amount of irony that our world is divided into two types of people those who humiliate themselves but who are too insentient to know it and those who feel each social interaction as a minefield in which one's esteem and self esteem can be blown into a million foolish little shards These latter are in the mold of the characters who crowd the pages of Dostoyevsky's novels; they find that the best strategy for avoiding humiliation is to become expert at enduring it even to self inflict it in order to have it on their own terms These are the souls who accept that humiliation is a fact of social life who make sure never to be caught being seen as foolish without knowing that they are playing the fool and who never let others see them without first seeing themselves as others would while presuming these others to be as expert in discerning a fool as they themselves are They can then satisfy themselves on their greater perspicacity their greater self awareness and on their ability to manipulate the audience that condemns them


  2. says:

    The first essay was excellent It became somewhat rambly at times


  3. says:

    Fascinating look at the interaction between shame humiliation gift giving violence social attitudesexpectations honour and emotion The range of examples is vast and engaging from the sagas to dinner invitations to homicides I read this to accompany readings for university module that spent a week on medieval reconciliation and vengeance and Humiliation was a wonderful theoretical accompaniment Recommended for anyone who’s interested in the topics indicated in the subtitle no matter the era you’re particularly interested in


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Humiliation And Other Essays on Honor Social Discomfort and Violence [PDF / EPUB] Humiliation And Other Essays on Honor Social Discomfort and Violence How do we feel when our friend turns up with a holiday present and we have nothing ready to give in exchange What lies behind our small social panics and the maneuvers we use to avoid losing face Reco How do we feel when our Other Essays PDF/EPUB ç friend turns up with a holiday present and we have nothing ready to give in exchange What lies behind our small social panics and the maneuvers we use to avoid losing face Recognizing how much we care about how others see us this wise and witty book tackles the complex subject of humiliation and the emotions that keep us going as self respecting social actorsWilliam Ian Miller writes astutely about a host of homely and seemingly banal Humiliation And PDF \ social occasions and shows us what is buried behind them In his view our lives are permeated with sometimes merely uncomfortable sometimes hair raising rituals of shame and humiliation Take the unwanted dinner invitation the exchange of valentines in grade school or the diabolically ingenious invention of the bridal registry Readers will have no trouble recognizing the social situations he finds indicative of our often perilous dealings with each otherEducated as a literary critic and philologist by profession a historian of medieval Iceland by And Other Essays MOBI í employment a law professor Miller ranges comfortably beyond his areas of formal expertise to talk about emotions across time and culture His scenarios are based on incidents from his own college town and from the Iceland of the sagas He also makes incursions into the emotional worlds represented in the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and in some of the works of Shakespeare Dostoyevsky and And Other Essays on Honor PDF \ others Indeed one theme that gradually becomes specific is how meaning travels from one culture And Other Essays on Honor PDF \ to another Ancient codes of honor he insists still function in contemporary American lifeSome of Miller's narratives are unsettling and he acknowledges that a certain ironical misanthropy may run through his discussions But he succeeds in cutting through a mountain of pretensions to entertain and enlighten us.