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1. Definition and scholarly discussion

Shame is a feeling of unease and anxiety that one has transgressed social norms and lost approval. Though it is also strongly associated with sexual and bodily shame, it is nevertheless part of the total spectrum of social relations.

Scholarly discussion of shame is interdisciplinary. The works of two American anthropologists in the 1930s and 1940s, Margaret Mead and Ruth Bene…

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Saurer, Edith, “Shame”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_026996>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180208

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