Dangerous liaisons: Science, amusement and the civilizing process

Otniel E. Dror*

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This chapter argues that the modern laboratory engaged in the construction of a new type of civilized emotion. It describes on Norbert Eliass and Erik Dunnings characterization of modern sport as a locus for the production of a controlled de-controlling of emotions in order to study the transformation of emotions into objects of knowledge inside the modern laboratory. The chapter deals with an exploration of the oppositional representation of the relationship between modern leisure and the laboratoryas understood by a cohort of late nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century emotion-focused investigators. It shows that the study of emotions entailed the creation of multiple and unique moments in which inimical cultural motifsfrom science and leisurewere juxtaposed inside the laboratory. The successful creation and study of emotions inside the laboratory literally depended on this encounter between science and leisure, between the world of amusement and laboratory life, or on the introduction of art into the laboratory.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationRepresenting Emotions
Subtitle of host publicationNew Connections in the Histories of Art, Music and Medicine
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351904162
ISBN (Print)9780754630586
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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