Is Shame Necessary?

Is Shame Necessary?

New Uses for An Old Tool

eBook - 2015
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An urgent, illuminating exploration of the social nature of shame and of how it might be used to promote large-scale political change and social reform.

In cultures that champion the individual, guilt is advertised as the cornerstone of conscience. But while guilt holds individuals to personal standards, it is powerless in the face of corrupt institutions. In recent years, we as consumers have sought to assuage our guilt about flawed social and environmental practices and policies by, for example, buying organic foods or fair-trade products. Unless nearly everyone participates, however, the impact of individual consumer consciousness is ineffective.

Is Shame Necessary? presents us with a trenchant case for public shaming as a nonviolent form of resistance that can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment. Jennifer Jacquet argues that public shaming, when it has been retrofitted for the age of social media and aimed in the proper direction, can help compensate for the limitations of guilt in a globalized world. Jacquet leaves us with a new understanding of how public shame, when applied in the right way and at the right time, has the capacity to keep us from failing other species in life's fabric and, ultimately, from failing ourselves.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780307907585
0307907589
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations

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StarGladiator
Feb 22, 2015

I cannot imagine any form of public shaming ever affecting sociopathic types like John McCain [note his recent performance in the Senate in support of mass murderer, Henry Kissinger] or John Boehner or Darryl Issa. Ditto for the criminal corporations today.

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