Definition of shame culture in English:

shame culture


  • A culture in which conformity of behaviour is maintained through the individual's fear of being shamed.

    ‘a shame culture, such as existed in Homeric times, puts high emphasis on preserving honour and on not being publicly disgraced’
    Compare with guilt culture
    • ‘Well, I'm wondering whether the ‘hot-blooded’ tag can be aligned with a shame culture, regardless of the ethnic origin.’
    • ‘It is natural to suppose that Aristotle also subscribed to it, and it is significant that anthropologists have suggested that most human societies can be classified either as guilt cultures or as shame cultures.’
    • ‘He hangs this lazy column on the spirit of the season, but the spirit of this column is entirely that of the liberal shame culture.’
    • ‘In the honor / shame culture of the Arab world, it will be much harder now to pass him off as the mighty warrior.’
    • ‘Immersed in the striking honor / shame cultures of Antiquity, Paul regularly made use of clothing topoi to make pronouncements of a moral, social and religious kind.’