Revealing Ireland's "Proper" Heart: Apology, Shame, Nation

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Title: Revealing Ireland's "Proper" Heart: Apology, Shame, Nation
Authors: Fischer, Clara
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Date: 2-Nov-2017
Online since: 2019-02-27T15:47:04Z
Abstract: his article contributes to feminist expositions of emotion and "matters of the heart" by highlighting the gendered nature of the mobilization of shame. It focuses on the role shame plays in state apology and the desire to recover pride. Specifically, it analyzes the state apology offered to the survivors of Magdalen Laundries by Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland. By drawing out how the state apology recreates the Irish nation, it traces the deployment of a potentially productive variety of the politics of shame, which comes to be subverted in the service of keeping the virtuous, feeling "heart" of Ireland—the nation's very core—intact across a temporal, moral continuum.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Hypatia
Volume: 32
Issue: 4
Start page: 751
End page: 767
Copyright (published version): 2017 Hypatia
Keywords: Magdalen LaundriesNationhoodShameMetanarratives
DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12358
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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