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never in anger – Jean Briggs on

October 12, 2011

This is a great chance to hear Jean Briggs speak about what she learned while living with an Inuit family in the 60’s. One of her books, Inuit Morality Play: The Emotional Education of a Three-Year-Old, has helped me begin to understand how little I understand about Inuit culture and communication. I’m not sure that this will be podcast, so listen tonight and tomorrow if you can.

Tuesday, October 11 – Wednesday, October 12
jean-briggs.jpg NEVER IN ANGER
Anthropologist Jean Briggs lived with an Inuit family during the early 1960s, when she was doing research and writing about them for her doctoral thesis. When she got “angry”, they treated her as a child, because they thought that “anger” was an infantile emotion, something never expressed by Inuit adults. This experience led to many more years of research on the emotions and ideas by which Inuit lived, and how they learned and taught them.

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