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Shame, Ethical Identity and Conformity: Lessons from Research on the Psychology of Social Influence

Harris, Nathan


UNDERSTANDING EMOTIONS 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 achieve conformity (Barbalet 1998; Benedict 1946; Braithwaite 1989; Scheff 1988). This literature highlights the role that shame plays in preventing individuals from committing criminal offences (Grasmick and Bursik 1990; Svensson 2004;...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Emotions, Crime and Justice
DOI: 10.5040/


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