Politics Saving Face

Overstepping the Mark

A previous post, the location of shame, made the case against those who view the relational world as either a sub-set of social class or irrelevant to understanding class as a mechanism of social reproduction. Rather than arguing that emotions such as shame are the effect of class positioning, it was argued that the capacity […]


The Location of Shame

A welcome tendency in recent research on social class is to place significance on the affective domain – as Hebson puts it, ‘feelings of guilt, fear and shame are now on the class agenda’. Numerous authors have explored the emotional lives of people working and studying in classed positions, echoing the earlier work of Sennet […]