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Humiliation : and other essays on honor, social discomfort, and violence

Author: William Ian Miller
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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? 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 actors. William Ian Miller writes  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Miller, William Ian, 1946-
Humiliation.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)624448715
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Ian Miller
ISBN: 0801428815 9780801428814 0801481171 9780801481178
OCLC Number: 28028622
Description: xii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Burning a witch ---
Requiting the unwanted gift ---
Getting a fix on violence ---
Emotions, honor, and the affective life of the heroic ---
Humiliation-Part I: Its domain and strategies of avoiding it ---
Humiliation-Part II: Historicizing humiliation ---
Epilogue.
Responsibility: William Ian Miller.

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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? 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 actors. William Ian Miller writes astutely about a host of homely and seemingly banal 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 other.

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