By Denise Lewis Patrick
From the seashores of Africa to the bowels of a transatlantic send to a balloting sales space in Mississippi to the jungles of Vietnam, all human connection is an issue of souls.
In this stirring selection of brief tales, Denise Lewis Patrick considers the souls of black women and men throughout centuries and continents. In every one, she takes the degree in their dignity, describes their desires, and catalogs their fears.
Brutality, attractiveness, laughter, rage, and love all take their turns in every one tale, however the ultimate effect is of indomitable, luminous, and attached souls.
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Durkheim used suicide and crime as means of highlighting the social solidarity that is their opposite; Garfinkel extended the method to realityconstruction as a whole. But let us take the plunge anyway: leave the cognitive plane, and recognize the xfactor as emotion. Our ordinary usage refers to emotions as experiences that are, for the most part, sudden and dramatic. Garfinkelian mundanity is merely a generic emotional quality at the middle of the plusminus scale. But I will also attempt to show that the dramatic, shortterm emotions are explainable against the backdrop of the longterm emotions.
Garfinkelian mundanity is merely a generic emotional quality at the middle of the plusminus scale. But I will also attempt to show that the dramatic, shortterm emotions are explainable against the backdrop of the longterm emotions. The sheer physical presence of human animals in the same place is a precondition for the emotional and cognitive processes that follow. This makes the group itself the focus of attention, as a transindividual reality, influencing members from outside while permeating their consciousness from within.
My hypothesis is that this correlates with emotional energy and moral sentiments. There is high conformity within the group, along with strong distrust of outsiders and alien symbols. The persons who commit these Goffmanian sacrileges feel anxiety and embarrassment. By way of summary, let us recapitulate the model, first in terms of the effects on longterm emotions (emotional energy), and then in their effects on shortterm, transitory emotions. Thus, EE tends to cumulate (either positively or negatively) over time.