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Humiliation : and other essays on honor, social discomfort, and violence / William Ian Miller.


Ithaca : Cornell University Press, [1993] .
ISBN 9780801428814, 0801428815

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Subjects Ehre.
Erniedrigung.
Honneur.
Honor.
Honte.
Humiliation.
Schaamte.
Scham.
Shame.
Vernederingen.
Description xii, 270 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date [1993]
©1993
Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-261) and index.
Also issued online.
Summary How do we feel when our friend turns up with a holiday present and we have nothing ready to give in exchange? What lies behind our small social panics and the maneuvers we use, to avoid losing face? Recognizing how much we care about how others see us, this wise and witty book tackles the complex subject of humiliation and the emotions that keep us going as self-respecting social actors. William Ian Miller writes astutely about a host of homely and seemingly banal social occasions and shows us what is buried behind them. In his view, our lives are permeated with sometimes merely uncomfortable, sometimes hair-raising rituals of shame and humiliation. Take the unwanted dinner invitation, the exchange of valentines in grade school, or the "diabolically ingenious invention of the bridal registry." Readers will have no trouble recognizing the social situations he finds indicative of our often perilous dealings with each other.
Contents Introduction: Burning a witch --- Requiting the unwanted gift --- Getting a fix on violence --- Emotions, honor, and the affective life of the heroic --- Humiliation-Part I: Its domain and strategies of avoiding it --- Humiliation-Part II: Historicizing humiliation --- Epilogue.
Network Numbers (OCoLC)28028622
(OCoLC)ocm28028622
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WorldCat Identities Miller, William Ian, 1946-
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