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By Candace Clark

ISBN-10: 0226107566

ISBN-13: 9780226107561

ISBN-10: 0226107574

ISBN-13: 9780226107578

In one of those social journey of sympathy, Candace Clark finds that the emotional event we name sympathy has a background, good judgment, and lifetime of its personal. even though sympathy could seem to be a average, reflexive response, everyone is now not born realizing whilst, for whom, and in what conditions sympathy is acceptable. particularly, they study complicated, hugely particular rules—different principles for males than for women—that consultant while to believe or demonstrate sympathy, while to assert it, and the way to simply accept it. utilizing huge interviews, cultural artifacts, and "intensive eavesdropping" in public locations, akin to hospitals and funeral parlors, in addition to interpreting charity appeals, blues lyrics, greeting playing cards, novels, and media reviews, Clark indicates that we study culturally prescribed principles that govern our expression of sympathy.

"Clark's . . . learn equipment [are] artistic and her glimpses of U.S. lifestyles revealing. . . . and you've got to like a social scientist so respectful of leave out Manners."—Clifford Orwin, Toronto Globe and Mail

"Clark deals a thought-provoking and fairly fascinating etiquette of sympathy in accordance with which we should act so one can protect the sympathy credit we will be able to name on in time of need."—Virginia Quarterly Review

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