Rituals of shame

Sandford-Couch, Clare (2012) Rituals of shame. In: SLS Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, 11-14 September 2012, University of Bristol.

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Abstract

The paper will consider historical examples of the treatment by public shaming of certain behaviours perceived as offending against social norms. It will consider examples from late medieval Italy and Germany, and early modern England, to address whether such rituals of shame can be seen as formal or informal responses to anti-social behaviour; were they legal matters, a device of customary law, or did they have a wider role to play within society? The paper questions how far were they intended to function primarily as devices for social control. It adopts an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on visual and literary sources and aspects of legal anthropology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Clare Sandford-Couch
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2013 16:24
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:58
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/11621

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