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REZENDE, Claudia Barcellos. Mágoas de amizade: um ensaio em antropologia das emoções. Mana [online]. 2002, vol.8, n.2, pp. 69-89. ISSN 0104-9313.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-93132002000200003.

In this essay, I discuss the presence of the categories rudeness and offence in the discourse on friendship produced by a group of middle class English people resident in London. The frequent reference to these categories, rather than to the so called positive emotions, reveals the tensions regarding the negotiation of personal space which crosscut this discourse, which in turn highlight the problematic space that friendship occupies within the field of social relations. This essay draws on the analytical tools of a pragmatic approach within the area known as "anthropology of emotions", developed in the last decade in the Unites States. If at first emotion concepts were mainly studied cross-culturally, nowadays they are seen as discursive practices situated within the wider field of social relations and negotiations of power. As such, emotions cease to be treated as an internal, purely subjective experience, in order to be analysed as a discursive practice with external effects on both private and public spheres.

Keywords : Friendship; Emotion; Person; Discourse.

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