MIND/BRAIN/BEHAVIOR INITIATIVE
Cover: Pain and Its Transformations: The Interface of Biology and Culture, from Harvard University PressCover: Pain and Its Transformations in HARDCOVER

Pain and Its Transformations

The Interface of Biology and Culture

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$71.50 • £57.95 • €64.50

ISBN 9780674024564

Publication Date: 01/31/2008

Short

456 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

32 halftones, 2 line illustrations

Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative

World

    • 1. Introduction [Sarah Coakley]
    • 2. Opening Remarks [Arthur Kleinman]
    • Response from Anne Harrington
  • Part I: Pain at the Interface of Biology and Culture
    • 3. Deconstructing Pain—A Deterministic Dissection of the Molecular Basis of Pain [Clifford Woolf]
    • 4. Setting The Stage For Pain: Allegorical Tales From Neuroscience [Howard Fields]
    • Response from Anne Harrington: Is Pain Differentially Embodied?
    • Response from Elaine Scarry: Pain and the Embodiment of Culture
    • Discussion: Is There Life Left in the Gate Control Theory?
    • Discussion: The Success of Reductionism in Pain Treatment
  • Part II: Beyond “Coping”: Religious Practices of Transformation
    • 5. Palliative or Intensification? Pain and Christian Contemplation in the Spirituality of the 16th-Century Carmelites [Sarah Coakley]
    • 6. Pain and the Suffering Consciousness: The Alleviation of Suffering in Buddhist Discourse [Luis Gómez]
    • Response from Arthur Kleinman: The Incommensurable Richness of “Experience”
    • Response from Jon Levenson: The Theology of Pain and Suffering in the Jewish Tradition
    • Discussion: The “Relaxation Response”: Can it Explain Religious Transformation?
    • Discussion: Reductionism and the Separation of Suffering and Pain
    • Discussion: The Instrumentality of Pain in Christianity and Buddhism
  • Part III: Grief and Pain: The Mediation of Pain in Music
    • 7. Voice, Metaphysics, and Community: Pain and Transformation in the Finnish Karelian Ritual Lament [Elizabeth Tolbert]
    • 8. Music, Trancing and the Absence of Pain [Judith Becker]
    • Response from John Brust: Music as Ecstasy and Music as Trance
    • Response from Kay Shelemay: Thinking About Music and Pain
    • Discussion: The Presentation and Representation of Emotion in Music
    • Discussion: Neurobiological Views of Music, Emotion, and the Body
    • Discussion: Ritual and Expectation
  • Part IV: Pain, Ritual and the Somatomoral: Beyond the Individual
    • 9. Pain and Humanity in the Confucian Learning of the Heart-and-Mind [Tu Weiming]
    • Response from Laurence Kirmayer: Reflections from Psychiatry on Emergent Mind and Empathy
    • 10. Painful Memories: Ritual and the Transformation of Community Trauma [Jennifer Cole]
    • Response from Stanley Tambiah: Collective Memory as a Witness to Collective Pain
    • Discussion: Pain, Healing, and Memory
  • Part V: Pain as Isolation or Community? Literary and Aesthetic Representations
    • 11. Physical Pain and the Ground of Creating [Elaine Scarry]
    • 12. The Poetics of Anaesthesia: Representations of Pain in the Literatures of Classical India [Martha Ann Selby]
    • Response from Richard Wolf: Doubleness, matam, and Muharram Drumming in South Asia
    • Discussion: The Dislocation, Representation, and Communication of Pain
  • Part VI: When Is Pain Not Suffering and Suffering Not Pain?: Self, Ethics and Transcendence
    • 13. On the Cultural Mediation of Pain [Laurence Kirmayer]
    • Discussion: The Notion of Face
    • 14. The Place of Pain in the Space of Good and Evil [Nicholas Wolterstorff]
    • Response from Charles Hallisey: The Problem of Action
    • 15. Afterword [Sarah Coakley]

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Jacket: Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education, by Justin Reich, from Harvard University Press

Publishing (and Promoting) a Book during a Pandemic

This year challenged the way people do many things. For Justin Reich that meant rethinking how to promote his new book, Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education, published in September. With bookstore tours and readings out of the question, Reich came up with an idea to get the word out about his book. On March 24, I submitted the final copyedits for my new book