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Figurationen. Schriften zur Zivilisations- und Prozesstheorie

Nakedness, Shame, and Embarrassment

A Long-Term Sociological Perspective

Authors: Górnicka, Barbara

  • Publication in the field of social sciences

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About this book

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.

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. 

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)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Setting the nude scene

    Górnicka, Barbara

    Pages 13-27

  • Among the naturists

    Górnicka, Barbara

    Pages 29-43

  • From lewd to nude: becoming a naturist

    Górnicka, Barbara

    Pages 45-84

  • The sociogenesis of nudism

    Górnicka, Barbara

    Pages 85-110

  • Natural bodies? Nakedness, eroticisation and shame

    Górnicka, Barbara

    Pages 111-141

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-658-15984-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $69.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-658-15983-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nakedness, Shame, and Embarrassment
Book Subtitle
A Long-Term Sociological Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Figurationen. Schriften zur Zivilisations- und Prozesstheorie
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2016
Publisher
VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften
Copyright Holder
Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH
eBook ISBN
978-3-658-15984-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-658-15984-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-658-15983-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 195
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics