Journals Higher Education

Emotion, Identity, and Religion

Hope, Reciprocity, and Otherness

Douglas J. Davies

  • Focuses a wide body of material from anthropology-sociology and the newer cognitive science and psychology to explore the dynamics of emotional life that forge human identity
  • Explores central idea that religions manage human emotions by coupling them with core cultural values, and that particular religious traditions favour a distinctive pattern or syndrome of emotions and values
  • Offers new insights by identifying 'the humility response' and 'moral-somatic' processes which show how deep the bond is between individual and group-pressure in many different examples from 'honours' systems to 'cyber-bullying'
  • Comparative approach helps explain these theoretical ideas

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