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Village gossip between fear and pleasure

The paper addresses the role of emotions, particularly fear and pleasure, in the social interaction of a specific kind – village gossip. The author observed the community as a whole, as an aggregate body, where personal feelings are largely determined by the conditions of social interaction and make people adopt certain strategies of communal behavior. In doing this, the author discusses only those aspects of fear and pleasure which she discovered during her field work in the area called Shola, North-West Russia. Apart from analyzing the mechanisms of conflict communication among members of a given community, she also tried to look into the context of interaction between informants and anthropologists – to show how the presence of outsiders may influence the “internal” practices of village gossip.