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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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    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.


    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 Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MAMSIE), Gender and Sexuality, Birkbeck (BiGS), Social Research, Birkbeck Institute for (BISR)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2011 14:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:56


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