Honor and Shame in Western History
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This book covers a wide range of topics related to honor and shame in European historical societies: history of law and literature, social- and ancient history as well as theoretical contributions on the state of research and the importance of honor and shame in traditional societies.
Honor and shame in Western history brings together fourteen texts of interdisciplinary scholars from Europe and North America. It covers a wide range of topics related to honor and shame in historical societies. The contributions cover periods of Western history from Greek and Roman times to the 19th century and many of them integrate the concept of a "Deep History" of honor and shame in social interaction.
The book is essential for a broad audience interested in social history and the history of emotions.
Table of Contents
Part 1: - Honor and Shame: Concepts and Challenges
1. The Unwieldy Phenomenon of Honor
2. Shame: A Social Emotion and Its Cultural Concepts in a Historical (European) Perspective
Jörg Wettlaufer, Göttingen
3. Zero-Sum Emotions and Shame-Honor Dynamics
Part 2: Honor and Shame in Traditional European Societies
4. Honor-Shame Dynamics in Late Antiquity: Balance and Control
Jan Frode Hatlen
5. Gregory of Tours on Sichar and Chramnesind
6. Better to die in honor than to live in shame? A comparative approach to the literary dynamics of honor and shame in French chanson de geste, romance and fabliau (12th-13th centuries)
7. The Dynamics of Gender-specific Honor and Shame in the Middle Ages. The Nibelungenlied as example
8. The Emergence and Social Usage of Shaming Punishments in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries in Northwest European Cities
Jörg Wettlaufer, Göttingen
9. Christian Humility, Papal Humiliations. An Honor-and-Shame Criterion in the Church’s History Grand Narratives
Part 3: Honor and Shame in Modernity
10. Collective shame in the Modern World – The Case of Blasphemy Laws and Tolerant Sensibilities
11. The Culture of American Dueling Under Attack: The 1856 Public Beating of an Abolitionist Massachusetts Senator by a South Carolina Congressman
Distinguished Emeritus Professor Kenneth S. Greenberg
12. Brought up With Shame: Trans-Generational Perspectives on Disciplinary Correction in Finland During the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
13. Plato, MeToo, the Honorable and the Others
Hege Dypedokk Johnsen
14. Shame, Modernity and Postmodernity in Britain
Jörg Wettlaufer is head of the Digital Academy at the Academy of Sciences and Humanties at Göttingen, Germany. He is doing research in history of law, evolutionary anthropology and digital history with a focus on the social usage of shame in medieval society.
David Nash is professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. He has written and published extensively on the history of atheism, blasphemy and shame. He has advised governments in the UK, the Republic Ireland the European Union and Australia on the issue of blasphemy laws and their repeal.
Jan Frode Hatlen is head of Department of Historical and Classical Studies, at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He earned his PhD in history from NTNU in 2015. His reseach spans from gender and honor in Late Roman society, to learning and teaching history in Higher Education.