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Comfort in others' shame

Episode 4 of 6

Why is the impulse to shame others so powerful? From fat-shaming to heaping shame on politicians, Jane Garvey discusses the politics of shame and what it says about us.

Jane Garvey asks why we appear to enjoy the shame and failure of others. Voyeuristic tales of those who fall short of the standards we hold up fill the pages of our daily newspapers. But, is it helpful to blame the overweight for the impact of obesity in society any more than it is to blame a holidaying Prime Minister for the course of complex international events? And when we talk about the 'shameless' family who rely on benefits, what is it that lies behind our fascination? Prurience or censoriousness, why do we take comfort in others being made to feel bad?

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Ruth Watts.

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58 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest Julian Baggini
Interviewed Guest Eva Simpson
Interviewed Guest Emma Burnell
Interviewed Guest Tim Stanley
Interviewed Guest Fern Brady
Producer Ruth Watts


  • Fri 15 Aug 2014 23:00

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