Narratives of Emotional Experience and Long-Term Fieldwork among the Nahuat of Mexico

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This article describes how the author learned through fieldwork, over a long period time and in different places, to recognize how the Nahuat organize their emotional experiences in narrative form according to a deeply inculcated social, psychological, and cultural pattern. It describes the path taken to understand what the Nahuat mean by love and envy, jealousy and desire and it affirms the value of the comparative method in anthropology.

Keywords: Nahuat; comparative method; emotions; long-term fieldwork; narratives

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1548-1409.2011.01078.x

Affiliations: Lewis Audenreid Professor of History and Archaeology, Department of Anthropology, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 17603

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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