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.
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.
|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|
|Research Centre:||Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)|
|Date Deposited:||13 Dec 2011 14:00|
|Last Modified:||12 Dec 2016 14:26|
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