Emotive culture and moral order: fear and risk in the new contemporary sensibility

  • Mauro Guilherme Pinheiro Koury Programa de Pós-Graduação em Antropologia, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brasil
Keywords: emotional culture, morality, risk, fears, common fears


The issue developed in this paper is that fear is a social emotion and a social construction of meanings. It starts from the hypothesis that fear is a forged emotion in social relations. This paper aims to understand the basis of the social construction of fear in the common man’s imagination, as a game of maintenance, conformation and transformation of social and individual essays, as networks of conflict, which inform and formulate emotional cultures and moral processes. The paper analyzes the relationships between individuals or groups, perceived as intertwined in the direct or indirect presence of fear.