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    Shameful selves: women's feelings of inadequacy and constructed façades

    Seu, Irene Bruna (2006) Shameful selves: women's feelings of inadequacy and constructed façades. European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling 8 (3), pp. 285-303. ISSN 1364-2537.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores women's experiences of shame as a political, existential and psychological emotional state. In particular, it focuses on women's accounts of the specific shameful experiences containing the employment of a ‘façade’ to protect the ‘true’ self constructed as inadequate and shameful. The key argument in this paper is that women's shame should be understood as discursively, politically and psychodynamically over-determined. It therefore presents a reading of women's shame that brings together Foucauldian ideas of self-surveillance and positioning in discourse, with a psychodynamic theorization of shame as resulting from a constant negotiation between external forces and internal agencies. The paper also argues for the necessity of a multiplicity of readings to make adequate sense of such over-determination.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Shame, women's oppression, feminist theorizing and research, discourse analysis, psychoanalysis, façade, self, psychodynamics, discursive psychology
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 14:00
    Last Modified: 05 Jul 2016 12:59
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4505

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