Shame and Modernity in Britain

1890 to the Present

Authors: Kilday, Anne-Marie, Nash, David

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    • Offers a series of narrative micro histories, each of which considers an aspect of shame at a specific moment of time
    • Maps how shame persisted in Britain into the twentieth century, providing a historical context for the early twenty-first century revisiting of concepts of shame
    • Case studies give the reader an insight into the precise behaviour of individuals when confronted by shame, beyond the theoretical debates which surround scholarship on the emotions and shame
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This book argues that traditional images and practices associated with shame did not recede with the coming of modern Britain. Following the authors’ acclaimed and successful nineteenth century book, Cultures of Shame, this new monograph moves forward to look at shame in the modern era. As such, it investigates how social and cultural expectations in both war and peace, changing attitudes to sexual identities and sexual behaviour, new innovations in media and changing representations of reputation, all became sites for shame’s reconstruction, making it thoroughly modern and in tune with twentieth century Britain’s expectations. Using a suite of detailed micro-histories, the book examines a wide expanse of twentieth century sites of shame  including  conceptions of cowardice/conscientious objection during the First World War, fraud and clerical scandal in the interwar years, the shame associated with both abortion and sexual behaviour redefined in different ways as ‘deviant’, shoplifting in the 1980s and lastly, how homosexuality shifted from ‘Coming Out’ to embracing ‘Pride’, finally rediscovering the positivity of shame with the birth of the ‘Queer’.  

About the authors

Anne-Marie Kilday is Professor of Criminal History, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University, UK. She has published widely in the area of British Criminal History and has specialised particularly in the history of violent crime, where she is an internationally recognised scholar. She has published several monographs on forms of violent female criminality as well as the nineteenth century study Cultures of Shame (with David Nash) for Palgrave.

David Nash is Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He has published monographs in the areas of Secularism and Secularisation as well as British Criminal History with an internationally renowned specialism in the history of blasphemy in Europe and the English speaking world. He has also published the nineteenth century study Cultures of Shame (with Anne-Marie Kilday) for Palgrave.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction: The Endurance of Shame and its Transformation in Modern Britain

    Pages 1-19

    Kilday, Anne-Marie (et al.)

  • White Feathers and Black Looks: Cowardice, Conscientious Objection and Shame in the Great War

    Pages 21-62

    Kilday, Anne-Marie (et al.)

  • ‘This Tribune of the People, this Uncrowned King of Britain’: Horatio Bottomley – Shame, the Public Sphere and the Betrayal of Populism

    Pages 63-88

    Kilday, Anne-Marie (et al.)

  • The Rector of Stiffkey: ‘The lower he sinks, the greater their crime’: Clerical Scandal, Prurience and the Archaeology of Reputation

    Pages 89-114

    Kilday, Anne-Marie (et al.)

  • The Silent Scream of Shame? Abortion in Modern Britain

    Pages 115-167

    Kilday, Anne-Marie (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Shame and Modernity in Britain
Book Subtitle
1890 to the Present
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31919-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31919-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-35933-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-59534-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 323
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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