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

Lanham: Lexington Books (forthcoming)

Cecilea Mun
Arizona State University (PhD)
In representing an interdisciplinary perspective on shame, this edited collection as a whole ultimately reflects shame as a richly layered experience by focusing as a whole on the following three themes: 1) questions about theory and method in the science and study of shame, 2) how the context of culture and politics, broadly construed, affect our understanding of what shame is and who we are in the face of shame, and 3) normative considerations regarding shame and its importance to understanding ourselves as individuals and in relation to our communities. More specifically, this edited collection aims to weave together the various threads on shame within the academic discourse into an intricate and deep understanding of what shame is and its implications on our lives. It does so by collecting and organizing the essays contained within in order to inspire in the reader possible answers to the following questions: 1) how ought the science of shame identify its object of study, 2) how ought the science of shame be pursued, 3) what methods are appropriate for a rigorous scientific study of shame, 4) does a method of study determine or influence a theory of shame or vice versa, 5) how do culture and politics affect the value and import of shame, 6) what is the relationship between culture and politics in the construction of shamed identities, and 7) how is shame related to a normative understanding of ourselves as individual persons, which includes an understanding of ourselves as moral and epistemic agents within a community.
Keywords shame  emotions  methods  theories  norms  cultures  politics  interdisciplinary
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