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Shame and Social Work: Theory, Reflexivity and Practice

Elizabeth Frost, Veronika Magyar-Haas, Holger Schoneville, and Alessandro Sicora


This book aims to approach the phenomenon of shame, especially in the context of social work. It explores the profoundly damaging experience of shame on the identities and potential of many service users, who, through, for example, the stigmatised experiences of poverty or abuse, are silenced within and disconnected from full participation in societies and communities. The book considers shame as a social, moral, and politically generated phenomenon, but equally focuses on the powerful, painful experience of each individual subjected to shaming. Having set out key contextual issues and theoret ... More

Keywords: shame, stigma, social work, reflexivity, social-suffering, sociology of emotions, emotional labour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781447344063
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447344063.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Frost, editor
University of the West of England

Veronika Magyar-Haas, editor
University of Fribourg

Holger Schoneville, editor
Dortmund University

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