Opening the Black Box Part 1: On Collective Shame in the German Society

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This chapter is the first of two chapters on shame in German society. It explores collective shame in the German context, thereby, opening the “black box” of shame which is often left closed and stored in the back of collective and individual minds. The chapter explores shame from different German historic and contemporary collective perspectives and provides the reader with an overview of research and state-of-the-art research and practices on collective shame in the context described. It explores how shame is experienced and developed, (re-)constructed, addressed and transformed at these different societal levels. The chapter presents conclusions and recommendations on how to transform collective shame in different German contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Bright Side of Shame
Subtitle of host publicationTransforming and Growing through Practical Applications in Cultural Contexts
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030134099
ISBN (Print)9783030134082
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Collective
  • Germany
  • Historic shame
  • Nation
  • Politics
  • Shame development
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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