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Nakedness, Shame, and Embarrassment

A Long-Term Sociological Perspective

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Part of the Figurationen. Schriften zur Zivilisations- und Prozesstheorie book series (FIG, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 13-27
  3. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 29-43
  4. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 45-84
  5. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 85-110
  6. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 111-141
  7. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 143-164
  8. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 165-178
  9. Barbara Górnicka
    Pages 179-185
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-207

About this book

Introduction

Barbara Górnicka presents a sociological investigation – both historical and contemporary – into the problems surrounding naked bodies. She draws on her own participation in a nudist swimming club and goes on to study the often very complex and paradoxical emotions that have been associated with nakedness in the Western world for centuries. The book provides answers not only to why we find exposing our naked bodies shameful, but also why we find it sexual and erotic in the first place. It looks beneath taboos surrounding nakedness today and offers a theoretical explanation for their development over time. On the basis of her historical analysis, the author demonstrates that it was not until the late nineteenth or twentieth century that we began to see nudity as erotic.
Contents
  • Setting the Nude Scene
  • From Lewd to Nude: Becoming a Naturist
  • The Sociogenesis of Nudism
  • Natural Bodies? Nakedness, Eroticisation and Shame<
  • Nakedness as a Theoretical Problem
  • Nakedness and the Theory of Taboo
Target Groups
  • Researchers and students in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies
The Author
Dr. Barbara Górnicka completed her doctoral degree in sociology at University College Dublin. She is the Managing Editor of Figurations, the newsletter of the Norbert Elias Foundation. Her research interests range from sociological theory to sociology of the body, emotions and sexuality. 

Keywords

Nudity and Shame Emotions and civilizing process Embarrassment Body Nakedness in the Western World Taboos Surrounding Nakedness

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of SociologyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

About the authors

Dr. Barbara Górnicka completed her doctoral degree in sociology at University College Dublin. She is the Managing Editor of Figurations, the newsletter of the Norbert Elias Foundation. Her research interests range from sociological theory to sociology of the body, emotions and sexuality. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Nakedness, Shame, and Embarrassment
  • Book Subtitle A Long-Term Sociological Perspective
  • Authors Barbara Górnicka
  • Series Title Figurationen. Schriften zur Zivilisations- und Prozesstheorie
  • Series Abbreviated Title Figurationen
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-15984-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-658-15983-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-658-15984-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 195
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of the Body
    Sociological Theory
    Anthropology
    Cultural Anthropology
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Reviews

“In Nakedness, Shame, and Embarrassment: A Long-Term Sociological Perspective, Barbara Górnicka asks why we have connected nakedness to feelings of shame. Drawing on work by Goffman, Freud, and others, she builds a theoretical framework for understanding nudity using Norbert Elias’s theory of civilizing processes. … This book will be of particular interest to those working in the area of sociology of the body.” (Brett Lunceford, American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 123 (5), March, 2018)