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Jennifer Jacquet on the Power of Shame in Social Activism
Dweck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
Brooklyn, NY
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In individualist cultures, guilt is the cornerstone of conscience. In recent years, we as consumers have sought to assuage our guilt about flawed social and environmental practices and policies by, for example, buying organic foods or fair-trade products. Unless nearly everyone participates, however, the action is ineffective.

Is Shame Necessary? presents us with a trenchant case for public shaming as a nonviolent form of resistance that can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment. Jennifer Jacquet argues that public shaming, when it has been retrofitted for the age of social media and aimed in the proper direction, can help compensate for the limitations of guilt in a globalized world.
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10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
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