Shame, scientist! Degradation rituals in science

Therese, Sandrine and Martin, Brian (2010) Shame, scientist! Degradation rituals in science. Prometheus, 28 2: 97-110. doi:10.1080/08109028.2010.494866

Author Therese, Sandrine
Martin, Brian
Title Shame, scientist! Degradation rituals in science
Journal name Prometheus   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0810-9028
Publication date 2010-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/08109028.2010.494866
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 97
End page 110
Total pages 14
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic., Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Reputations are crucially important to scientists, so it is valuable to examine processes by which reputations come under attack. One potent method is a degradation ritual, an event or process that stigmatises the target and often results in feelings of shame and humiliation. Anthropologists and other scholars from a range of disciplines have examined degradation rituals and ceremonies, but their use in science has received little attention, perhaps because of the focus on the rational features of the issues involved. Degradation rituals can be described in terms of various features, including degrading agents, contexts, means and severity. Attacks on scientists in a variety of fields can be usefully interpreted through the lens of degradation rituals.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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