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The Sociological Analysis of Shame in Georg Simmel. A Proposal to Study the Performative and Relational Character of Emotions

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Olga Sabido-Ramos

Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Azcapotzalco Ciudad de México, MX
About Olga
Olga Sabido-Ramos es profesora de Sociología e investigadora en la Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana en México. Se especializa en la investigación del cuerpo, los sentidos, los vínculos afectivos y en la sociología relacional de Georg Simmel. Sus últimas publicaciones incluyen “Georg Simmel y los sentidos: Una sociología relacional de la percepción”, Revista Mexicana de Sociología, 2017, entre otras.
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Abstract

The aim of this article is to bring into discussion Georg Simmel’s text On a Psychology of Shame (2018 [1901]) in light of a contemporary revision. Although I will retrieve several authors, I will focus on approaches from two authors: Ágnes Heller and
Sara Ahmed. I believe the convergence between proposals (Simmel, Heller, and Ahmed) agree with the approach on emotions plainly proposed by Ahmed who emphasizes in the performative and relational character of emotions, that is, in how emotions “do things”, are social products, and at the same time they have social effects. In that sense, my goal is to explain how –from Simmel’s perspective– it is also possible to establish a relational program for the analysis of emotions, and specifically for the articulation between emotions and body, in light of his proposal about feelings as second-order forms (Simmel, 2014; Cantó-Milà, 2012; Seebach, 2017). In this case, I will focus on how shame does things to the body since it is an “affective mark” of certain bonds.

How to Cite: Sabido-Ramos, O., 2019. The Sociological Analysis of Shame in Georg Simmel. A Proposal to Study the Performative and Relational Character of Emotions. Digithum, (23). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7238/d.v0i23.3148
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Published on 05 Mar 2019.
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