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  • http://hdl.handle.net/10402/era.25323
  • Saving Face: Shame and Bodily Abnormality
  • McMahen, Ben C
  • English
  • shame
    emotions
    abnormality
    normalcy
    acne
    recognition
    ideals
  • Jan 30, 2012 1:09 PM
  • Thesis
  • English
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  • This thesis is concerned with understanding the shame that often accompanies acne and acne scarring, as an instance of shame that accompanies bodily abnormality or disability, with the aim of exploring strategies of resistance. (1) I explore the explanandum by appealing to the language used by those suffering with acne, and the arguments used in advertisements that sell acne treatments. (2) I consider whether the commercial success of acne treatment products can be explained primarily by the widespread desire to attain a physical ideal, or in the desire to appear “normal.” This involves an analysis of “the ideal” and “the normal” more generally. (3) Since normality is inherently related to identity, I claim that desire for normalcy can be partly explained as the desire for recognition. (4) My account of emotion and shame demonstrates the possibility, and difficulty, in transforming our emotions through changes in perception of value, and environment.
  • Master's
  • Master of Arts
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Spring 2012
  • Wilson, Robert A (Philosophy)
  • Morin, Marie-Eve (Philosophy)
    Griener, Glenn (Philosophy, Institute for Public Economics)
    Janz, Heidi (John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre)