Shame, Temporality and Social Change: Ominous Transitions

Editor : Ladson Hinton, Editor : Hessel Willemsen

Shame, Temporality and Social Change: Ominous Transitions

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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : March 2021
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 168
  • Category :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 95521
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367549053
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367549
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There is a broad consensus that we are in a time of profound transition. There is worldwide political and social turbulence, with an underlying loss of hope and confidence about the future. Technological change and the stresses of late-stage capitalism, along with climate change, undermine social trust and hope for a future worth living. Shameless behavior is rampant, undermining respect for habits and institutions that hold societies together. Shame, Temporality and Social Change offers multi-disciplinary insight into these concerns.

Hinton and Willemsen's collection covers themes including racism, cultural norms, memory and vulnerability, with examinations of shame at its core. It explores the meaning and significance of shame in a world of social media, autocratic leaders and algorithms and what we can learn from myth as we progress. Increased awareness of the inter-connection of shame and temporality with the ominous transitions of our times provides thought-provoking insights for theory and practice and the ethical decisions of everyday life.

Psychoanalysts, psychotherapists, philosophers, anthropologists and academics and students engaged in cultural studies and critical theory will gain valuable insights from this book's rich and engaging variety of perspectives on our times.

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A powerful, unflinching and deep look from multiple vertices into our contemporary collective descent, epitomized by the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism in societies makes Shame, Temporality and Social Change a strong, psychoactive read. The editors have brought forward the wisdom of an impressive coterie of authors who can address the tenuousness of hope for a better future together with reflective awareness of the spur of shame in the service of social justice. This volume can serve as a much needed guide for the troubled times we are traversing in this archetypal moment in global history.' - Joseph Cambray, President/CEO, Pacifica Graduate Institute.


Both timely and timeless, Shame, Temporality and Social Change probes the darker aspects of the passageways from one fraught state of being to the next. Widely varying phenomena are addressed, from an everyday psychoanalytic session in turbulent times, to random, uncanny personal encounters on the street, to societal malaise and breakdown, to genocide. The essays offer clarifying and insightful explications of these experiences, drawing from such luminaries as Derrida, Lacan, Bion, Winnicott, Levinas, and Stiegler. Editors Hinton and Willemsen have given us an invaluable aid in understanding and withstanding the massive upheavals of the present day.' - Margaret Crastnopol (Peggy), Ph.D. is a Seattle-based psychoanalyst and the author of Micro-trauma:A Psychoanalytic Understanding of Cumulative Psychic Injury, who writes and speaks on micro-trauma as well as on character and selfhood, the analyst's Achilles' heels, and grappling with obstacles to psychic growth


'Hinton and Willemsen's welcome follow-up to their award-winning Shame and Temporality is another collection of essays put together by these two expert editors whose latest volume brings to mind Schopenhauer's insight that the world could be regarded as a giant penitentiary. Shame, Temporality and Social Change is a book for those who crave something more than utopian resolutions. Instead, the pages of this extraordinarily thought-provoking book are emblazened with foundational ideas from original thinkers such as Derrida's differance, Heidegger's thrownness, Giegerich's (and others') noetics, Lacan's hontologie, Nietzsche's simplified nihilism, and Stiegler's neganthropocene. It is an exciting read and is highly recommended.' - Ann Casement, LP, FRAI, FRSM, Professor, Oriental Academy of Analytical Psychology.

About the Editor(s)

Ladson Hinton, MA, MD, is a psychoanalyst who lives, practices and teaches in Seattle. He is a founding member of the New School for Analytical Psychology. The volume Temporality and Shame: Perspectives from Psychoanalysis and Philosophy, co-edited with Hessel Willemsen, won the prize of the American Board & Academy of Psychology and Psychoanalysis for books published in 2018.

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Hessel Willemsen, DClinPsych, is a training and supervising analyst with the Society of Analytical Psychology in London and a member of the New School of Analytical Psychology. He lives, practises and teaches in central London.

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