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