For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture

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Macmillan, Oct 15, 1998 - Psychology - 256 pages
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Just a generation ago, outrageous Americans like Joey Buttafucco and O.J. Simpson would have been scorned. Talk-show host would gave been viewed with suspicion. Self-help books, the recovery movement, and grade inflation didn't exist.

Today, celebrity is its own reward, and every American has the right to an A and high self-esteem. Much to the joy of Madison Avenue ad agencies and the tabloid press, there is no stigma attached to bad behavior--as long as the perpetrator truly repent, of course. As all Americans have asked themselves at one point or another: What's wrong with this picture?

Now, James B. Twitchell, critically acclaimed author of Adcult and Carnival Culture, offers a fascinating and original look at shame, and shamlessness in American culture, taking to task everyone from conservative hypocrites to bleeding-heart liberals. Whether or not your agree that shame is building block of a healthy society, you'll find this a provocative and addictive read--and you just may decide to reexamine "the social good of feeling bad."
  

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Contents

The Sense of Shame
17
The Condition of Modern Shame
36
Its the Culture Stupid
63
The Fame of Shame
92
Shame in the Culture of Recovery 777
117
Shame in Shambles The Professions of Salvation
142
The Public Face of Shame 770
170
Shame Shame Come Back Shame American Culture
195
CONCLUSION 277
211
TND NOTES 277
227
INDEX
235
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About the author (1998)

James B. Twitchell is alumni professor of English at the University of Florida and the author of seven nonfiction books. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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