Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

Crying Shame: Metaculture, Modernity, and the Exaggerated Death of Lament

By: James M. Wilce (author)Hardback

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Building on ethnographic fieldwork and extensive historical evidence, Crying Shame analyzes lament across thousands of years and nearly every continent.* Explores the enduring power of lament: expressing grief through crying songs, often in a collective ritual context* Draws on the author's extensive ethnographic fieldwork, and unique long-term engagement and participation in the phenomenon* Offers a startling new perspective on the nature of modernity and postmodernity* An important addition to growing literature on cultural globalization

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James M. Wilce is Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. He has published a number of articles and is the author of Eloquence in Trouble: The Poetics and Politics of Complaint in Rural Bangladesh (1998) and Language and Emotion (forthcoming) and the editor of Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems (2003). Wilce serves on the editorial board of American Anthropologist and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology . He is also the series editor for Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture .


Acknowledgments. Preface. 1 Introduction. PART I LOCATING LAMENT AS OBJECT. Introduction. 2 For Crying Out Loud: What Is Lament Anyway? 3 Lament and Emotion. 4 Antiquity, Metaculture, and the Control of Lament. PART II LOSING LAMENT: MODERNITY AS LOSS. Introduction. 5 Cultural Amnesia and the Objectification of Lament in Bangladesh. 6 Modern Transformations. 7 How Shame Spreads in Modernity. 8 Crying Backward: Primitivist Representations of Lament. PART III REVIVING LAMENT: LAMENT AS KEY TROPE OF MODERNITY. Introduction. 9 Mourning Becomes the Electron's Age: Lamenting Modernity(ies). 10 Lament's (Post)Modern Vertigo: Floating in a Deterritorialized Media Sea. 11 Lament in a Postmodern World of "Revivals". 12 Conclusion. Notes. References. Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/11/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781405169929
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 296
  • ID: 9781405169929
  • weight: 596
  • ISBN10: 1405169923

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