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Shame as Entertainment: The Sociality of Feeling and Being Shamed
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Mediated spectacles of punishment and shame penalties have permeated popular culture in a diversity of ways. In the wake of this development, the co-construction of shame, feeling shame and being shamed, is investigated in the Swedish program, Lyxfällan, (The Luxury Trap), where individuals who are struggling financially due to “their lack of economic selfcontrol”, encounter financial advisers who try to sort out their intimidating situation. Shame is commonly understood as one of the primary negative affects evoked by negative evaluation of how the self feels about itself. This self-feeling, felt by and on the body, is usually experienced before another and can be linked to the inter-corporality and sociality of shame experiences. Parting from Teresa Brennans (2004) work on the transmission of affect as a process that is social in origin but biological and physical in affect, I examine how the symbolic relations between feeling shame and being shamed is presented as a dynamic process that oscillates between shame as a tool of social control, a popular culture commodity and a performative act.

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2013.
Keyword [en]
Emotionality, Shame, Reality-Tv, Moralism
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Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-111043DiVA: diva2:773977
Conference
Visible Evidence XX Stockholm, Sweden, August 15-18, 2013
Available from: 2014-12-20 Created: 2014-12-20 Last updated: 2017-09-19Bibliographically approved

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