Hysterical: Exploding the Myth of Gendered Emotions (Hardback)Pragya Agarwal (author)
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From the subjugation of women throughout history to vistas of a future where intuitive reactions are ungendered, behavioural scientist Pragya Agarwal delivers an eye-opening exploration of the myths and science that have been used in the gendering of emotions.
Emotions can be difficult things to define, yet we all recognise them when we feel them or see them in others. How we interpret those emotions and act on them has been heavily gendered, as far back as Ancient Greek and Roman times and - despite the improvements in societal equality - continues to be today.
We've all heard the sayings that girls should be 'sugar and spice and all things nice', while 'boys don't cry'. In Hysterical, Pragya Agarwal dives deep into the history and science that has determined the gendering of emotions to ask whether there is any truth in the notion of innate differences between the male and female experience of emotions. She examines the impact this has on men and women - especially the role it has played in the subjugation of women throughout history - and how a future where emotions are ungendered might look.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 569 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 41 mm
'Anytime Dr Pragya Agarwal writes something, I want to read it. Her words illuminate the hidden patterns of bias and therefore injustice that impact us. This book will make you question everything you thought you knew about emotions (yours and other people's) and make you want to reclaim your emotions as an integral part of your full humanity. Once again, Pragya has shown us that when we understand history and science, we can create a better future' - Layla F. Saad, author of Me and White Supremacy
'A necessary, thought-provoking book that demands we urgently rethink the terms of the debate on gender and emotion' - Dr Tiffany Watt Smith, author of The Book of Emotions
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