Shame, Gender Violence, and Ethics: Terrors of Injustice draws from contemporary, concrete atrocities against women and marginalized communities to re-conceptualize moral shame and to set moral shame apart from dimensions of subordination, humiliation, and disgrace. The interdisciplinary collection starts with a contribution from a Yazidi-survivor of genocidal and sexual violence, whose case brings together core themes: gender, ethnic and religious identity, and violence and shame. Further accounts of shame and gendered violence in this collection take the reader to other and equally disturbing accounts of lesser-known atrocities from around the world. Although shame is sometimes posited as an inevitable companion to human life, editors Lenart Škof and Shé M. Hawke situate the discussion in the theoretical landscape of shame, and the contributors challenge this concept through fields as diverse as law, journalism, activism, philosophy, theology, ecofeminism, and gender and cultural studies. Their discussion of gendered shame makes room for it to be both a negative and a redemptive concept. Combining junior and senior scholarship, this collection examines power relations in the cycle of shame and violence.
Lenart Škof is head of the Institute for Philosophical Studies at Science and Research Centre of Koper and professor of philosophy at Alma Mater Europaea--Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis.
Shé M. Hawke is head of the Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies (MIOS) at the Science and Research Centre of Koper.
To Believe in the Words of Justice from Farida Khalaf (Farida Global Organization)
Shé M. Hawke and Lenart Škof
PART 1: RESPONSES TO GENDER VIOLENCE
1. “Speaking About her just Might Heal”: Witnessing to Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
2. Femicide: Another Chronicle of a Death Foretold
3. Positions of Power: Patriarchal Considerations in Criminal Law
PART 2: THEORETICAL REFLECTIONS ON SHAME
4. Reframing Anthropological Shame as Exposure
5. Towards a Feminist Ethics of Shame
6. Epistemic Injustice, Shame, Humility, and Sharing the Epistemic Space with Others: An Investigation of Epistemic Justice as a Virtue
PART 3: GENDER VIOLENCE IN THE MEDIA
7. Obligations to Expose and the Responsibility to Protect: Journalistic Ethics for Reporting on Wartime Sexual Violence
Janet H. Anderson and Benjamin Duerr
8. A Voice of Our Own: Retelling the Stories of Gender-Based Violence in the Lebanese Media.
Rouba El Helou-Sensenig
PART 4: CULTURES AND CONTEXTS OF SHAME
9. Shame, and Social Scripts
10. An Ecological Feminist Perspective on Violence
11. Embodying Freedom and Truth within the Compass Rose: Spiritual Leadership within the Revolution of Love
“Shé M. Hawke and Lenart Škof have carefully curated an international collection of loving, sensitive, hopeful, rigorous, and original multi-disciplinary scholarship that learns from and honors survivors by witnessing their stories. In so doing, we learn about how shame converges with violence. Each chapter provides unique opportunities for the reader to be nurtured through analyses of shame and violence to cultivate change to their own and others' ways of life that may directly or indirectly enable violence and injustice. This book is an essential resource to understand what relationships among power, shame, and violence do. Yet, it is more than that. The reader is provided with opportunities to reflect on how survivors instruct a non-violent advocacy that guides us closer to understanding justice and rights for all humans, other species, and the environment.”
"This important volume brings together diverse textual testimonies of gendered violence from voices less often heard within the academy. These essays powerfully expose and analyze the intersections of gender, shame, violence, and injustice and the systematic use of gendered terror to enforce the subordination of women across the globe. This book is a must-read for anyone concerned about global gender justice."