Schuld en schaamte sociologisch bezien


  • W.H. Dekker



Is shame in late modernity more important than guilt? In this article I look for answers to this question by analysing the main contributions of sociological theorists to the late modernity debate. The most dominant vision is that shame is taking the place of guilt
in the life of an individual, especially when he does not reach the goals set by himself. Sociologists who have a more structuralist vision on society, stress that feelings of shame are the result of the dominant discourse on gender, success and career in our neoliberal society. Hartmut Rosa links shame to social alienation, one of the newest contributions to the debate. He pleads for resonance as a better and a more receptive way to connect to the world. An interesting point of view and helpful to give way to a more
theological approach to shame, guilt and salvation.