Gender and the Politics of Shame: A Twenty-First-Century Feminist Shame Theory

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Title: Gender and the Politics of Shame: A Twenty-First-Century Feminist Shame Theory
Authors: Fischer, Clara
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Date: 10-Jul-2018
Online since: 2019-02-28T11:19:23Z
Abstract: This special issue explores the relevance of shame to feminist theory and practice. Across a number of contexts, theoretical frames, and disciplines, the articles collated here provide a stimulating engagement with shame, posing questions and developing analyses that have a direct bearing on feminism. For, the significance of shame to feminists lies in the complex and often troubling implications it holds as a feeling that may be experienced differently by people of certain genders (and none), and in its relation to power. Indeed, as the contributions to this special issue highlight, shame may play a role in our moral development, but given its often readily acknowledged harmful effects, shame is frequently put to politically problematic and morally questionable ends. In patriarchal societies the outgrowths of this regularly entail gendered consequences, as gendered shame may form a disciplining device operating through structures of oppression, such as gender, but also class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, and related intersectional categories. The question of a politics of shame therefore arises in the context of a consideration of the social and political deployment and manipulation of shame, and the reported divergence in the shame experience itself, which feminists have attributed to its manifestation through, among others, gender.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Journal: Hypatia
Volume: 33
Issue: 3
Start page: 371
End page: 383
Copyright (published version): 2018 Hypatia
Keywords: Feminist philosophyGenderShame
DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12431
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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