- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cornell University Press; 1 edition (May 5, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801481171
- ISBN-13: 978-0801481178
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #798,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In an illuminating and darkly intelligent study, Miller has revealed humiliation as the closet dominatrix she is, an emotion whose power to discipline us makes the world go round. . . . Miller makes his pages blaze and roar by throwing another handful of hollow complacencies upon the fire. . . . The five essays making up this book are about the persistence of the norm of reciprocity in our daily lives, about the possibility of tracking emotions across time and culture, and about the ways in which shame and envy and especially humiliation sustain 'cultures of honor' to this day."―Speculum
"Translating emotions over time and across cultures is Miller's major methodological challenge―and he meets it with ranging and learned references, a wry and unpretentious style, and a genuine respect for the power of those ancient, forgotten sources on which modern social exchange depends."―Kirkus Reviews
"Miller deploys the resources of a host of disparate disciplines in order to reveal the remarkable richness of certain emotional experiences―emotions that help shape the words and actions of human beings when they perform the immensely complex work ofmaintaining the social worlds that they construct, and which help construct them. In doing so, he has written a unique and valuable book."―Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities
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'In an illuminating and darkly intelligent study, William Miller...has revealed...humiliation as the closet dominatrix she is, an emotion whose power to discipline us makes the world go round...Miller makes his pages blaze and roar...by throwing another handful of hollow complacencies upon the fire....The five essays making up this book...are about the persistence of the norm of reciprocity in our daily lives, about the ways in which shame and envy and especially humiliation sustain 'cultures of honor' to this day.'-Speculum
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Miller's combination of historiography, psychological and philosophical analysis, and literary criticism results in an extremely perceptive look at emotions and impulses people would rather not admit to having. His frank but non-judgmental evaluation of his own actions and those of the people around him contribute greatly to the reader's understanding of shame and humiliation. His view of the world of gift-giving, both positive and negative, is a perfect explanation for much of human behavior and motivation.
A must-read for anyone who has ever inflicted humiliation on another, or had it inflicted on oneself, or for anyone interested in learning why human beings behave the way they do.
Not an easy read necessarily - but it definitely repays the close attention it requires. It will change the way you look at society today - as well as giving you a bit of a whirlwind tour of icelandic heroic sagas. Not something you can say about most books!