Shame is a concept and a feeling that is universal for everyone in the world. We believe that shame emerges due to the individual not meeting a higher amount of expectations and ideals. Focusing on university students our normative standpoint is that it is problematic that the accelerating society that we live in leads to shame. This paper aims to investigate how the structures of the accelerating society is affecting the students to feel ashamed. University students are facing various expectations which, when failed to be accomplished, causes shame. Drawing on the thesis that society is affecting the human psyche this paper takes a scientific standpoint in critical theory. More specifically Hartmut Rosa and Axel Honneth contributes to the understanding of the societies structures and how the lack of meeting expectations causes the individual to becoming alienated. with their respective theories about social acceleration and recognition
To investigate how the students were affected we performed three focus group interviews with students from several universities located in and around Copenhagen. After analyzing our empirical material, we concluded that the capitalistic society has an interest in keeping the students trapped in feeling ashamed, because it encouraged them to always perform better. The individual is alienated by the structures and ideals of society, because the students internalizes the expectations of society as their own which causes them to be ashamed.
|Uddannelser||Psykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor|
|Udgivelsesdato||30 maj 2018|
|Vejledere||Lotte Rannveig Galløe|
- Kritisk teori
- Hartmut Rosa
- Axel Honneth