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Erika K. Gubrium, Sony Pellissery, and Ivar Lødemel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447308713

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447308713.001.0001

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Shame and shaming in policy processes

Shame and shaming in policy processes

(p.179) Nine Shame and shaming in policy processes
The shame of it

Sony Pellissery

Ivar Lødemel

Erika K. Gubrium

Policy Press

This chapter attempts to draw conclusions by comparing very diverse country contexts and different types of policy measures. It therefore faces the challenge of applying an appropriate methodology. How does one compare heterogeneous social policies in hugely different national contexts? When policy impact – with a particular focus on poverty-induced shame – is in question, it is difficult to disentangle causality attributed to policy rather than context. For instance, how does one compare the personal impact of education policy in Uganda with that of a human capital-based work activation programme in Norway? The purpose of this chapter is not to compare these diverse contexts and policies in order to establish that one national setting or policy is more or less shaming than another. The point of comparison is theoretical generalization – with a focus on identifying the policy mechanisms that may potentially heighten or lower the shame of individuals living in poverty.

Keywords:   Conclusions, Global comparison, theoretical generalization, Policy mechanisms of shaming

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