Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame : Methods, Theories, Norms, Cultures, and Politics

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Shame is one of the most stigmatized and stigmatizing of emotions. Often characterized as an emotion in which the subject holds a global, negative self-assessment, shame is typically understood to mark the subject as being inadequate in some way, and a sizable amount of work on shame focuses on its problematic or unhealthy aspects, effects, or consequences. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Shame brings into view a more balanced understanding of what shame is and its value and social function. The contributors recognize shame as a complex, richly layered, conscious or unconscious phenomenon, and the collection offers an understanding of what shame is, the scholarly discourse on shame, and how theories of shame help us to understand ourselves, others, and the world around us. It also highlights a diverse range of perspectives on shame, and how these unique perspectives can enlighten our understanding of both the positive and negative aspects of this powerful emotion. Edited by Cecilea Mun, the ten chapters by an international group of contributors reflect a broad range of methods, disciplinary perspectives, and both theoretical and practical concerns regarding shame.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 160 x 227 x 23mm | 558g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified; Tables
  • 1498561365
  • 9781498561365

Table of contents

Part I Methods and Theories

Chapter 1: Shame is a Folk Term Unsuitable as a Technical Term in Science, Dolichan Kollareth, Mariko Kikutani, and James A. Russell
Chapter 2: Unification through the Rationalities and Intentionalities of Shame, Cecilea Mun
Chapter 3: Oppression and Liberation via the Rationalities of Shame, Cecilea Mun
Chapter 4: The Virtues of Epistemic Shame in Critical Dialogue, Laura Candiotto
Chapter 5: Being In and Excluded from the Sociotechnical World, Matthew Rukgaber

Part II Norms, Cultures, and Politics

Chapter 6: Nietzsche, Shame, and the Seal of Liberation, Daniel R. Herbert
Chapter 7: Shame and Moral Learning from Coetzee's Disgrace, Alba Montes Sanchez
Chapter 8: Body Shaming in the Era of Social Media, Lisa Cassidy
Chapter 9: Shame and Its Political Consequences in the Age of Neoliberalism, Mikko Salmela
Chapter 10: Queering Shame, Julian Honkasalo
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Review quote

According to many psychologists and philosophers, shame is a painful emotion of the vulnerable self, an ugly and negative feeling and a destructive and pathological state of the mind. By breaking and softening the boundaries of academic disciplines and adopting integrative viewpoints, however, Cecilia Mun and the authors of this volume carefully develop inclusive and holistic interpretations of shame to demonstrate that shame is more than a negative and self-critical emotion with depressive feeling and reactive attitude. In their chapters, they argue convincingly that shame is the unique and powerful human experience of self-consciousness, interpersonal relation, norm, culture, politics, body, ontology, phenomenology, and rationality. This volume provides much-needed multidimensional analysis of shame and expands the horizon of how we study and understand shame with an insightful and stimulating collection of essays, a valuable contribution to the interdisciplinary study of shame that both scholars and students can benefit from. -- Bongrae Seok, Alvernia University
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About Dolichan Kollareth

Cecilea Mun received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Arizona State University.
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