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Shame: A Brief History

Peter N. Stearns


This book explores what we know about the history of shame, from early human societies onward, and explicitly links historical patterns and complexities to current issues surrounding shame. As both a personal and a social emotion – individuals experience shame, but societies or social groups variously rely on shaming –shame is a particularly interesting candidate for historical analysis. A related analytical focus emerges from the tension between current psychological views on shame, which emphasize the destructive results of the emotion, and the wide reliance on shame in many past and contemp ... More

Keywords: psychology, sociology, reintegrative shaming, guilt, self-conscious emotions, embarrassment, Freud, language, dominance, Western culture, East Asia, shamefast, basic emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041402
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter N. Stearns, author
George Mason University