American society is often characterized as a "guilt culture," as opposed to non-Western "shame cultures." But through examples like shaming penalties in criminal law, "fat shaming," and cyberbullying on the social media, this book shows how and why shame is increasingly invading our lives, leading to feelings of humiliation and depression.
About the Author
Marcel H. Van Herpen is a Dutch sociologist and political analyst. He is director of the Cicero Foundation, a think tank, and a collaborator of the US think tank "The National Interest." He is the author of seven books on political philosophy and foreign policy which have been translated in five languages.