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Shame Before Others

Author(s): Sara Ahmed
Contributor(s): Jakub Misun (Translator)
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Anthropology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Nationalism Studies, Inter-Ethnic Relations, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: shame penalties; human rights; stigmatization; narcissism; imprisonment; racism

Summary/Abstract: This text analyses the arguments for and against shame penalties. A key reason why shame penalties seem unacceptable is their incompatibility with the right to dignity inherent to every human being: whereas guilt focuses only on the act, shame stigmatizes the whole person. The concept of ‘primitive shame’ reveals how the rationales behind the alleged moralism of shame penalties are driven by the narcissistic rage.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 194-212
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Polish