The following list of readings is regularly updated. If you wish to include your own publications on emotions in this list, please contact

For more specific lists of references:
Grief, Death and Mourning
- Memory and Trauma
- Tourism and Emotions
- Music and Emotions

General Bibliography

Abu-Lughod, L. and Lutz, C. A. (1990), Introduction: Emotion, Discourse, and the Politics of Everyday Life, in: C. A. Lutz  and L. Abu-Lughod (eds), Language and the Politics of Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and Paris:  Editions de la Maison      des Sciences de l’Homme.

Ahmed, S. (2004) The Cultural Politics of Emotions. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 

Barnouw, V. (1979), Culture and Personality, Homewood: The Dorsey Press.

Benedict, R. (1928), Psychological Types in the Cultures of the Southwest, Proceedings of the 23d International Congress of Americanists, New York.

            ---- (1934), Patterns of Culture, Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Bock, P. K. (1980), Continuities in Psychological Anthropology: A Historical Introduction,  San Francisco: W. H. Freeman and Company.

Bourdieu, P. (1977), Outline of a Theory of Practice, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Bowen, E. (1954), Return to Laugther, London: Gollancz.

Bowers, L. (1998), The Social Nature of Mental Illness, London: Routledge.

Briggs, J. L. (1987), In Search of Emotional Meaning, Ethos 15 (1): 8-15.

Cancian, F. M. (1987), Love in America: Gender and Self-Development, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Casey, E. S. (1987), Remembering: A Phenomenological Study, Bloomington, Ind.: Indiana University Press.

de Certeau, M. (1984), The Practice of Everyday Life, Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.

Conradson, D. and McKay, D. 2007. Translocal Subjectivities, Mobility, Connection,   Emotion. Special Issue of Mobilities 2(2).

Crapanzano, V. (1980), Tuhami: Portrait of a Moroccan, Chicago: University of Chicago  Press.

Csordas, T. J. (1990), Embodiment as a Paradigm for Anthropology, Ethos 18 (1): 5-47.

---- (ed.) (1994a), Introduction: The Body as Representation and Being-In-The-World, in T. J. Csordas (ed), Embodiment and Experience. The Existential Ground of Culture and Self, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

---- (1994b), Words from the Holy People: A Case Study in Cultural Phenomenology, in T. J. Csordas (ed), Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Damasio, A. (2000), The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness, London: William Heinemann.

Ekman, P. (1980a), Biological and Cultural Contributions to Body and Facial Movement in the Expression of Emotions, in: A. Rorty (ed), Explaining Emotions. Berkeley: University of California Press.

---- (1980b), The Face of Man: Expressions of Universal Emotions in a New Guinea Village, New York: Garland STPM Press.

Ewing, K. (1987), Clinical Psychoanalysis as an Ethnographic Tool, Ethos 15 (1):16-40.

Feld, S. 1990[82], Sound and Sentiment. Birds, Weeping, Poetics, and Song in Kaluli Expression. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Geertz, H. (1974), The Vocabulary of Emotions, R. Levine (ed.), Culture and Personality, Chigaco: Aldine.

Heald, S. and Deluz, A. (1994), Anthropology and Psychoanalysis: an Encounter through Culture, London: Routledge.

Hirschman, A. D. (1977), The Passions and the Interests. Political Arguments for Capitalism  Before its Triumph. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Jackson, M. (1983), Knowledge of the Body, Man New Series 18 (2): 327-345.

---- (1989), Paths Towards a Clearing: Radical Empiricism and Ethnographic Inquity, Bloomington: In. University Press.

Kardiner, A. (1939), The Individual and His Society: The Psychodynamics of Primitive Social Organization, New York: Columbia University Press.

Kardiner, A. with the collaboration of R. Linton, C. Du Bois and J. West (1945), The   Psychological Frontiers of Society, New York: Columbia University Press.

Kluckhohn, C. (1962), Culture and Behavior, R. Kluckhohn (ed.), New York: Free Press.

Kracke, W. (1987), Encounter with Other Cultures: Psychological and Epistemological Aspects, Ethos 15 (1): 58-81.

Kracke, W. and Herdt, G. (1987), Introduction: Interpretation in Psychoanalytic Anthropology, Ethos 15(1): 58-81.

Kulick, D. and Wilson, M. (eds) (1995), Taboo: Sex, Identity, and Erotic Subjectivity in Anthropological Fieldwork, London: Routledge.

Kulick, D. (1995), Introduction. The Sexual Life of Anthropologists: Erotic Subjectivity and Ethnographic Work, in D. Kulick and M. Willson (eds), Taboo: Sex, Identity, and Erotic Subjectivity in Anthropological Fieldwork, London: Routledge.

Leavitt, J. (1996), Meaning and Feeling in the Anthropology of Emotions, American  Ethnologist 23(3): 514-539.

Levy, R. I. (1984), Emotion, Knowing and Culture, in R.A. Shweder and R.A. LeVine (eds), Culture Theory. Essays on Mind, Self, and Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge   University Press.

Lewis, I. (ed.) (1977), Symbols and Sentiments: Cross-Cultural Studies in Symbolism: London: Academic Press.

Lindesmith, A. R. and Strauss, A. L. (1950), A Critique of Culture-Personality Writings,  American Sociological Review 15: 587-600.

Lock, M. (1993), Cultivating the Body: Anthropology and Epistemologies of Bodily Practice and Knowledge, Annual Review of Anthropology 22: 133-55.

Lyon, M. L. (1995), Missing Emotion: The Limitations of Cultural Constructionism in the Study of Emotion, Cultural Anthropology 10 (2): 244-263.

Lyon, M. L. and Barbalet, J. M. (1994), Society’s Body: Emotion and the 'Somatisation' of    Social Theory, in T. J. Csordas (ed.), Embodiment and Experience: The Existential Ground of Culture and Self, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Lyons, W. (1980), Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Lutz, C. A. (1988), Unnatural Emotions: Everyday Sentiments on a Micronesian Atoll and Their Challenge to Western Theory, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Lutz, C. A. and Abu-Lughod, L. (eds) (1990), Language and the Politics of Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press and Paris: Editions de la Maison des    Sciences de l’Homme.

Lutz, C. A. and White, G. M. (1986), The Anthropology of Emotions, Annual Review of Anthropology 15: 405-36.

Mauss, M. (1950), Les Techniques du Corps, Sociologie et Antropologie, Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

Mead, M. (1949 [1928]), Coming of Age in Samoa, New York: Mentor.

Milton, K. (2002), Loving Nature: Towards an Ecology of Emotion, London and New York: Routledge.

Milton, K. and Svašek, M. eds. 2006 Mixed Emotions. Anthropological Studies of Feeling. Oxford: Berg.

Myers, F. R. (1973), Emotions and the Self: A Theory of Personhood and Political Order among Pintupi Aborigines, Ethos: 343-70.

 Nussbaum, M. (2001), Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Overing, J. and Passes, A. (eds) (2000), The Anthropology of Love and Anger: The Aesthetics of Conviviality in Native Amazonia, London and New York: Routledge.

Richards, Analiese and Rudnyckyj, Daromir. (2009), "Economies of Affect." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (n.s.). 15(1):57-77.

Rosaldo, M. Z. (1980), Knowledge and Passion: Ilongot Notions of Self and Social Life, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

---- (1984), Toward an Anthropology of Self and Feeling, in R.A. Shweder and R. A. LeVine (eds), Culture Theory: Essays on Mind, Self, and Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge   University Press.

Rosaldo, I. R. (1984), Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage: On the Cultural Force of Emotions, in   E. M. Bruner (ed.), Text, Play, and Story: The Construction and Reconstruction of Self and Society, Illinois: Waveland Press.

Sarsby, J. (1984), The Fieldwork Experience, in R. Ellen (ed.), Ethnographic Research: A Guide to General Conduct, London: Academic Press.

Scheper-Hughes, N. (1985), 'Culture, Scarcity, and Maternal Thinking: Maternal Detachment and Infant Survival in a Brazilian Shantytown, Ethos 13(4): 291-317.

---- (1990), Mother Love and Child Death in Northeast Brazil, in J. W. Stigler, R. A. Schieffelin, E. L. (1983), ‘Anger and Shame in the Tropical Forest: On Affect as a Cultural    System in Papua New Guinea’, Ethos 11(3): 181-209. 

Shweder, R.A. and G. Herdt (eds), Cultural Psychology: Essays on Comparative Human Development, Cambridge: Cambridge Univerity Press.

Sperber, D. (1985), Anthropology and psychology: towards an epidemiology of representations,, Man (N.S.) 20: 73–89.

Svašek, M. (2002), The Politics of Emotions: Emotional Discourses and Displays in Post-Cold War Contexts, Focaal. European Journal of Anthropology 39.

---- (2005) Postsocialism: Politics and Emotions in Central and Eastern Europe, Oxford: Berghahn.

Svašek, M. and Skrbiš, Z. 2007 Emotions and Globalisation, Special Issue of Identities. Studies of Culture and Power 14(4).

Wallace, A. F. C. (1970), Culture and Personality, New York: Random House.

Wierzbicka, A. (2004), Emotion and Culture: Arguing with Martha Nussbaum, Ethos 31 (4): 577-600.

Wikan, Unni (1992), Beyond the Words: The Power of Resonance, American Ethnologist   19(3):460-482.

Wulff, H. ed. (2007) The Emotions. A Cultural Reader. Oxford: Berg.

Crossley, N. (1998) ‘Emotion and communicative action: Habermas, linguistic philosophy and existentialism’, in G. Bendelow & S. Williams (eds) Emotions in Social Life:  Critical Themes and Contemporary Issues, London: Routledge, pp.16-38.

Elias, N. (2000) The Civilising Process, Oxford: Blackwell.

Goffman, E. (1967) Interaction Ritual: Essays on Face-to-Face Behaviour, New York: Garden City Books.

Heelas, P. (1986) ‘Emotion talk across cultures’, in R. Harré (ed.) The Social Construction of Emotions, Oxford: Blackwell.

Hinton, A. (1993) ‘Prolegomenon to a Processual Approach to the Emotions’, Ethos 21(4): 417-451.

Kapferer, B. (1979) ‘Emotion and Feeling in Sinhalese Healing Rites’, Social Analysis 1: 153-176.

Rosaldo, M. (1984) ‘Toward an anthropology of self and feeling’, in R. Shweder & R. LeVine (eds) Culture Theory: Essays on Mind, Self, and Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.137-151.

Levy, R. (1984) ‘Emotion, knowing and culture’, in R. Shweder & R. LaVine (eds) Culture Theory: Essays on Mind, Self and Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.214-237.

Lupton, D. (1990) Risk, London: Routledge.

Scheff, T. (1990) Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion and Social Structure,  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Maher, V. (1984) ‘Possession and Dispossession: Maternity and Mortality in Morocco’, in H. Medick & D. Sabean (eds) Interest and Emotion, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.103-128.

Mattingly, C. (1998) Healing dramas and clinical plots: The narrative structure of experience, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mestrovic, S. (1997) Post-Emotional Society, London: Sage.

Myers, F. (1979) ‘Emotions and the Self: A Theory of Personhood and Political Order among Pintupi Aborigines’, Ethos 7(4):343-370.

Wartofsky, M. (1973) ‘Action and Passion: Spinoza’s Construction of a Scientific Psychology’, in M. Grene (ed) Spinoza: A Collection of Critical Essays, Garden City, New Jersey: Doubleday, pp.329-353.

Whitehouse, H. (1995) Inside the Cult: Religious Innovation and Transmission in Papua New Guinea, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Wierzbicka, A. (1986) ‘Human Emotions: Universal or Culture-Specific?’, American Anthroplogist 88(3): 584-594.

Williams, S. (2001) Emotions and Social theory, London: Sage.

Totton, C. (2003) Body Psychotherapy: an introduction, Maidenhead: Open University Press.