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What we are reading

The Shame and Medicine Project team meet every 6 weeks as a reading group.  Here are some of articles, chapters and books we’ve been reading.

Book Chapters:

  • Gibson, M. (2019) ‘Conclusion’ in Pride and Shame in Child and Family Social Work. Bristol University Press, pp.187-203.
  • Bartky, SL. (1990) ‘Shame and Gender’ in Femininity and Domination. Psychology Press, pp.83-98.
  • Pareto, V. (2013). ‘An Analysis of Medicine’s Professional Success’ in The Rise of Professionalism: Monopolies of Competence and Sheltered Markets (1st ed.). Routledge, pp.19-39.
  • Ofri, D. (2013) ‘Burning with Shame’ in What Doctors Feel. Daniell Ofri, Beacon Press.
  • Harris-Perry, M V. (2013) ‘Shame’ in ‘Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America.’ Yale University Press.


  • Lazare A. Shame and humiliation in the medical encounter. Arch Intern Med. 1987 Sep;147(9):1653-8.
  • Retzinger SM. Identifying Shame and Anger in Discourse. American Behavioral Scientist. 1995;38(8):1104-1113.
  • Creed, William Edward & Hudson, Bryant & Okhuysen, Gerardo & Smith-Crowe, Kristin. (2014). Swimming in a Sea of Shame: Incorporating Emotion into Explanations of Institutional Reproduction and Change. Academy of Management Review. 39. 275-301.
  • Scheff TJ. Shame and the Social Bond: A Sociological Theory. Sociological Theory. 2000;18(1):84-99.
  • Gausel, Nicolay & Leach, Colin. (2011). Concern for self‐image and social image in the management of moral failure: Rethinking shame. European Journal of Social Psychology. 41. 468 – 478.
  • Stets, J.E. (2006). Identity Theory and Emotions. In: Stets, J.E., Turner, J.H. (eds) Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions. Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research. Springer, Boston, MA.
  • Timmermans S, Oh H. The continued social transformation of the medical profession. J Health Soc Behav. 2010;51 Suppl:S94-106.
  • Westerlund, F. Exposed: On Shame and Nakedness. Philosophia 51, 2195–2223 (2023).

Graphic Medicine:

  • Williams, I. (2014) The Bad Doctor. Myriad Editions.
  • Jauregui, G & Derbez, E.. (2022) Sera deseada, Balance AC.


  • ‘Fair to Refer’ report, June 2019
  • Episode 8 ‘In Hiding of The Nocturnists’ Shame in Medicine: The Lost Forest

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