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  • Hardcover
  • 224 pages
  • Is Shame Necessary?
  • Jennifer Jacquet
  • English
  • 06 September 2016
  • 9780307907578

10 thoughts on “Is Shame Necessary?

  1. Aiyana Aiyana says:

    Pretty interesting stuff The author makes an important distinction between shame a tactic that can be used to influence corporations groups or political groups and guilt something that only individuals can feel She also asks the reader to consider separately the usefulness of shame in enforcing social norms and the possibility that those norms themselves are problematic She notes that by shifting the focus of environmental responsibility from producers to consumers corporations have cleverly found a way to charge people money by offering products that alleviate the guilt of the individual shopper while neatly dodging the possibility of any regulations that make a meaningful environmental difference Sustainable and Organic labels are often so unregulated as to be essentially meaningless while customers who assuage their guilt by buying these items are then less likely to take political steps demanding real changeDefinitely worth reading especially by anyone who is environmentally or socially consciousuotesAs the focus shifted from supply to demand shame on the part of corporations began to be overshadowed by guilt on the part of consumers as the vehicle for solving social and environmental problems But the problems of pesticide use and worker exploitation and bottom trawling cannot be solved with an individual choice If pesticides are absent from my food but they are in everybody elses they still leach into our shared water supply p 7Guilt's power is limited but it can also be profitable if a niche set of goods and services can capitalize on relieving the ill feeling p 8Sometimes people just don't want to become the person the group wants them to be and other times they cannot The volatility and variability of how people react to social disapproval is part of shaming's liability p 24Shaming is a nonviolent form of resistance that anyone can use But shaming reuires the attention of the audience and attention is a zero sum game p 26Guilt is the cheapest form of social enforcement because the norm has been internalized and is self enforcing p 31Shame often extends to our conception of our whole self the type of person we are whereas embarrassment is associated with an involuntary isolated incident p 40Small changes made by big institutions can make a serious difference whereas small changes made by individual consumers cannot Getting one single company to reduce its emissions by just 10 percent has a greater impact than getting every single American to agree to live in the dark p 58people tend to calibrate their actions to what they see or hear is common behavior in the same way they pick up grammar or accents p 78Shame is powerful than guilt when it comes to establishing new norms p 82uoting Michael Sandel 'A market economy is a tool a valuable and effective tool for organizing productive activity A market society is a way of life in which market values seep into every aspect of human endeavor'Norms have now come up against their market value when in fact some might or should be priceless p 89Shame's performance is optimized when people reform their behavior in response to its threat and remain part of the group p 99uoting Michael Goldhaber 'the economy of attention not information is the natural economy of cyberspace' p 137

  2. Robert Wechsler Robert Wechsler says:

    A thought provoking book about a topic we seem too ashamed to talk about at least rationally Probably the most important part of the book shows the limitations of guilt which is personal and therefore leads us to act as consumers rather than as activists seeking to change the way things are done Jacuet wants us to engage not just as consumers through buying organic dolphin safe free range etc but as citizens working for legislation and regulation of food fishing and animals etc This can sometimes be done via shaming that is by threatening the reputation of those companies and individuals that are harming animals and the environment and whose livelihood depends on their products being seen as good Jacuet rushes through the problems with shame especially the way it can be used online but these issues receive a lot press

  3. Rosie Rosie says:

    I expected this book to be a rejection of shame in the radical honesty vein but it proved to be the opposite Jacuet argues that shame is an essential part of maintaining social contracts and a powerful tool for helping individuals companies groups and nations improve Shame is an inexpensive not too harmful if used correctly means of reinforcing social norms Shame is inflicted by others guilt is internal and self inflicted We shame people such as by exposing their actions to force them to conform to our ideals The threat of shame can be a powerful tool for behaviour change even if it never occurs In particular she looks at how we can use shame effectively to deal with the challenges posed by climate change — such as by exposing the environmentally damaging actions of corporations

  4. Bobette Giorgi Bobette Giorgi says:

    Full of liberal propaganda Almost every page contains some reaffirmation that this author is obviously liberal and could never write a book without banging us over the heads with her leftist ideals Green climate change Al Gore electric vehicles environmental guilt ad nauseum This is what publishing has come to

  5. Hettie Hettie says:

    This short book was so unnecessarily bloated it felt like a collection of essays strung together in a haphazard fashion I don't know how many times I read the same premises and conclusions

  6. Paul Froehlich Paul Froehlich says:

    Following a public boycott of canned tuna the tuna industry reformed its fishing methods to stop killing dolphins What are the uses and limits of shaming? That’s what Jennifer Jacuet discusses in this book Shame is defined as “exposing a transgressor to public disapproval” It is used to hold people to group standards with the goal of deterring the violation of norms When the targets are remorseful they can reintegrate into the group Research suggest that avoiding shame is a stronger incentive for cooperation than achieving honorThere is a risk however that shaming a person to conform to group norms may encourage him to leave the group perhaps to join the competition For example I changed political parties in the Illinois House after being shamed by my old party for my independence The shaming method was to vote down an innocuous bill I had picked up from a GOP senator a bill that had passed unanimously in the Senate and had no known opposition Its defeat in the House by than 100 votes ualified me for a dubious honor membership in the Century Club A few weeks later I walked across the aisle Jacuet provides guidelines that help make shaming effective She offers examples of where it works such as in California and twenty other states that use the threat of shaming to collect back taxes The names of the biggest tax delinuents are published after the targets have been duly warned California alone has collected several hundred million dollars from persons who want to stay off the list Education alone does not change behavior much Instead we are influenced by what we perceive as the common behavior of others Where litter is common people are likely to litter Telling college freshman not to drink excessively has less effect than informing them that most of their peers do not drink as much as they think Punishment reinforces norms Where enforcement does not exist norms are less likely to be strictly followed Even a pair of eyes posted in a prominent place influences behavior Shaming can be abused Jacuet recognizes especially on social media where it can be done anonymously and to an audience of millions When the purported transgression is false then an innocent party suffers such as the DC pizza parlor in 2016 that bogus rumors on Facebook claimed was the site of a pedophilia ring Shaming alone also has its limits when it comes to broad reforms The hole in the ozone layer caused by chlorofluorcarbon was documented in 1974 The hole was not reduced when consumers started to buy products labeled CFC free Instead it took an international ban on CFOs to get the job done Likewise fuel economy in motor vehicles does not improve due to consumer demand but in response to federal efficiency standards Readers of this short book will have a better idea of the uses abuses and limits of public shame ###

  7. Iza October Iza October says:

    Review first published in Shelf AwarenessIn Is Shame Necessary Jennifer Jacuet argues that shame can be an effective tool to change harmful social economic and environmental practices Shame's effectiveness she posits relies on a number of factors including audience focus and implementation But not everyone has the ability to wield this old tool; used poorly it can be counter productiveJacuet a professor of environmental studies at New York University provides many examples among them a public shaming campaign against the tuna fishing industry for the mass killings of dolphins in tuna nets The voluntary dolphin safe practices better nets that reduced the number of dolphins caught and killed put the focus of fixing the problem on individuals who could boycott tuna and only roundaboutly on the groups engaged in the damaging practice Because the standards were voluntary the impact was small until the later enactment of federal regulations mandating dolphin friendly fishingWhen it comes to large scale problems Jacuet says shame needs to come from a source of influence A successful example was the state of California's threat to publish a list of the top 500 business tax delinuents Those who paid their outstanding taxes were taken off the list before publication The state has recovered approximately 301 million in unpaid taxes since 2007 as a resultJacuet offers guidelines to use shame as an instrument for good and provides concrete examples for how American society can use public shaming to ensure it remains an effective tool

  8. Chris Boutté Chris Boutté says:

    Great book but I'm torn on her argument As someone who was unfairly publicly shamed in 2019 I'm always trying to learn about the subject The author does a great job discussing effective shaming and the core of the book is about getting big corporations to do the right thing but when it comes to a personal level is when the water gets mucked up Aside from learning about shaming I read a lot on moral philosophy and psychology The authors argument is that shaming helps divert people from moral transgressions by making examples of others The issue is that many people don't understand the spectrum of morality What's a moral transgression to one group is completely fine and justified to another and that's the issue we need to address If this is a topic you're interested in I highly recommend the books The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Moral Tribes by Joshua Greene

  9. Jonathan Jonathan says:

    An important book for anyone interested in making a world a better place Jacuet does a wonderful job getting at the heart of how essential shame is at regulating behavior and how necessary it is to target shame in an effective and responsible manner It's an easy read too not because it's fluff but rather because she efficiently and directly gets her point across Jacuet is respectful of the readers time and she doesn't waste words or build unnecessarily long stories The book loses a little bit of steam towards the end a very common theme among pop science but not enough to feel disappointed by it You are left thinking there's a lot to the picture of managing shame particularly wrt Trump and partisan politics Still this is highly recommended

  10. Dilara Alemdar Dilara Alemdar says:

    I was really excited to read this book as I agree that public shaming can be beneficial for environmentalist animal rights causes That being said I think I was expecting a bit in detail look into why shaming can be effective There were interesting bits about the difference of guilt and shame but the majority of the book reads like a list of cases where shaming worked didn't work and why It's possible that this is a conseuence of a trade publishing house's Vintage editorial demands for keeping it simple It is still a necessary read for a general audience but if you are already interested in activism or are in the academia I would suggest skipping the book and just reading Jennifer Jacuet's articles on the subject

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Is Shame Necessary?❰Ebook❯ ➤ Is Shame Necessary? Author Jennifer Jacquet – An urgent illuminating exploration of the social nature of shame and of how it might be used to promote large scale political change and social reform   In cultures that champion the individual guilt An urgent illuminating exploration of the social nature of shame and of how it might be used to promote large scale political change and social reform   Is Shame PDF/EPUB or In cultures that champion the individual guilt is advertised as the cornerstone of conscience But while guilt holds individuals to personal standards it is powerless in the face of corrupt institutions In recent years we as consumers have sought to assuage our guilt about flawed social and environmental practices and policies by for example buying organic foods or fair trade products Unless nearly everyone participates however the impact of individual consumer consciousness is ineffective   Is Shame Necessary presents us with a trenchant case for public shaming as a nonviolent form of resistance that can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment Jennifer Jacuet argues that public shaming when it has been retrofitted for the age of social media and aimed in the proper direction can help compensate for the limitations of guilt in a globalized world Jacuet leaves us with a new understanding of how public shame when applied in the right way and at the right time has the capacity to keep us from failing other species in life’s fabric and ultimately from failing ourselves.