The Walk of Shame


Mira Moshe, PhD (Editor)
Ariel University Center of Samaria Shoham, Israel

Nicoleta Corbu (Editor)
National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Series: Social Issues, Justice and Status, Psychology of Emotions, Motivations and Actions
BISAC: PSY013000

The term “walk of shame” is deeply rooted in the idea that shame is a difficult emotion stemming from a feeling of inferiority or social discomfort, which causes a person to wish to disappear, become invisible, be “swallowed up by the earth”. However, sometimes exactly at such a moment of disgrace, individuals are publicly exposed to the full extent of their misery and must walk “the walk of shame” witnessed by family, friends and acquaintances. Shame, considered by some to have genetic origins, is an integral part of social circumstances and settings in accordance with a set of values, patterns of thought and the individual’s physiological makeup.

Shame is the result of familial, social and media processes. Thus the walk of shame does not take place privately behind closed doors, but on city sidewalks, in the workplace, in newspaper columns and on television and computer screens. It is not surprising, then, to discover that the tremendous power of shame has expropriated it from the individual’s control in the private sphere to the public sector, creating a collective punishing mechanism whose goal is to warn against undesirable behavior. Indeed, a person’s public humiliation is a form of punishment, a negative sanction leading to disgrace, debasement and mortification. This book discusses the walk of shame from a cultural perspective, focusing on contexts, strategies, images etc. that reveals the many facets of a controversial concept. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Walk of Shame – A Cultural Approach
Mira Moshe and Nicoleta Corbu (Ariel University of Samaria, Israel, and others)

Section I. The Latent Promise of the Walk of Shame

Chapter 1 – The Walk of Shame to the Presidency: The Romanian Case (pp. 3-22)
Nicoleta Corbu and Mira Moshe (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania, and others)

Chapter 2 – “We Didn’t Want to Publish this, but…”: The Walk of Shame on the Way to Fame (pp. 23-36)
Mira Moshe (Ariel University of Samaria, Israel)

Chapter 3 – Shameless Politics: Public Shaming as a Strategy of Inaction (pp. 37-52)
Shirly Bar-Lev (School of Engineering, Ruppin Academic Center, Israel)

Chapter 4 – Elizabeth Edwards’ Walk of Shame: the Mediated Representations of a Betrayed Political Wife (pp. 53-74)
Sorin Nastasia and Diana Nastasia (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA)

Section II. Behind the Scenes of the Walk of Shame

Chapter 5 – The “Israel Celebs Awards”: The Walk of Shame on the Way to Fame (pp. 77-92)
Mira Moshe (Ariel University of Samaria, Israel)

Chapter 6 – The Shame and Fame of Rape: Sexual Violence in South Africa (pp. 93-112)
Gail Womersley (South African National Defence Force in Cape Town, South Africa)

Chapter 7 – Burdened by Shame: Women, Media, Culture and Identity Crises in India (pp. 113-130)
Kiran Prasad (Sri Padmavati Mahila University, India)

Chapter 8 – Behavioral Correlates of Shame as a Moral Emotion in Organizations (pp. 131-156)
Dan Florin Stănescu and Mădălina Elena Iorga (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania)

Chapter 9 – Shifting Identities of the Victims of Terrorism and “Camorra” (pp. 157-170)
Anna Lisa Tota (University Rome III, Italy)

Section III. The Walk of Shame: Theoretical Approches

Chapter 10 – ‘Feeling Small’ or ‘Feeling Awkward’: Two Types of Shame (pp. 173-190)
Loredana Ivan (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania)

Chapter 11 – Self-Reform or Self-Defense? Understanding How People Cope with Their Moral Failures by Understanding How They Appraise and Feel about Their Moral Failures (pp. 191-208)
Nicolay Gausel (Østfold University College, Norway)

Section IV. Mass Culture and the Walk of Shame

Chapter 12 – Framing Sports Failure: Shame as a Climax of Disappointment (pp. 211-234)
Diana Luiza Dumitriu (National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania)

Chapter 13 – The Walk of Shame and the Development of the Racialized Gendered Self (pp. 235-248)
Krzysztof Rowiński (University of Warsaw, Poland)

About the Editors


Audience: Academia, Media trusts, Political Organizations, Social Activists Movements

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