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The Struggle for Emotional Control in America’s History

In this groundbreaking social history, Carol and Peter Stearns trace the two hundred-year development of anger, beginning with premodern colonial America. Drawing on diaries and popular advice literature of key periods, Anger deals with the everyday experiences of the family and workplace in its examination of our attempts to control our domestic lives and lessen social tensions by harnessing emotion. Offering an entirely new approach to the study of emotion, the authors inaugurate a new field of study termed "emotionology," which distinguishes collective emotional standards from the experience of emotion itself.

304 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1986

History: American History

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Background
When the Gods Were Angry
3. The Early Victorian Synthesis
Domestic Idealism
4. A New Approach to Anger Control
1860-1940, The American Ambivalence
5. Anger at Work
A Contemporary Approach
6. The Managerial Style
Raising Cool Kids
7. The Managerial Style
Fighting Fair in Marriage
8. Conclusion
Keeping the Lid On
Appendix A
Appendix B

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