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Shame, ethical identity and conformity: Lessons from research on the psychology of social influence

Australian National University. Regulatory Institutions Network; Harris, Nathan


Understanding emotion is essential to developing an account of why people commit crime and how they react when caught. Research across a number of disciplines suggests that shame, which is the focus of this chapter, plays a significant role in how societies gain conformity (Barbalet, 1998; Benedict, 1946; Braithwaite, 1989; Scheff, 1988). The emotion has been described as significant in explaining whether individuals are likely to commit criminal offences (Grasmick & Bursik, 1990;...[Show more]

CollectionsANU School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet)
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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