chapter  7
18 Pages

Valuing Emotion in Tragedy

WithDouglas J. Davies

The first, Considering Values, explores theoretical links between cultural values, religious belief and the nature of emotion and identity, all allied with the way we engage with an audience touched by a devastating event. The second, Cultural betrayal, mortality and vitality, rehearses a case study of an all too human context of multiple murders in Norway and of judicial and popular responses that reveal their own values. Reflecting Theory, involves a development of and concluding reflection on the theoretical and contextual consideration of cultural values paying particular attention to the notion of dual sovereignty. What this dual-sovereignty model has done in this context is to allow a mode of analysis of cultural values that might take us further than had we taken some other theoretical pathway. While this approach facilitates discussions of cultural values in general it might also provide one limited approach to the vexed debate on secularization.