Is Shame Necessary?

New Uses for an Old Tool
Author(s): Jennifer Jacquet
Original Publish Date: Feb 17, 2015
Product Number: EB00558539
Released: Feb 17, 2015
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9780307907585
Publisher: Vintage
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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.

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Author(s): Jennifer Jacquet
Narrator(s): Jennifer Jacquet
Genre: Science
Product Number BN7373
Released: Feb 17, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781501201073