Tag: Shame

Forgiveness in Post-Conflict Transition

Forgiveness in Post-Conflict Transition

Mark Simmons, December 2006 Shame is a common theme in politics and a powerful motivator of violence. The Serbs’ humiliation by the Turks in 1389 still informs Serbian hatred of Kosovar Muslim Albanians, and the Québécois motto je me souviens recalls an eighteenth-century French defeat at the hands of the English. Responding to Injustice Humiliation […]

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Honour and Shame by David McIlroy

Honour and Shame by David McIlroy

  Summary Contemporary Western society suppresses the concepts of honour and shame, although they re-surface in its media in a theatre of the grotesque. Honour reinforces good behaviour through appeals to a shared morality, while shame penalises bad behaviour through disgrace and exposure. The Bible offers a different social vision, in which honour is respected […]

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