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Shame and the anti-suffragist in Britain and Ireland: drawing women back into the fold?

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Abstract


  • Shame has been heavily relied on as a political tool in the modern world and yet it is still a much under-historicised emotion. Using the examples of early twentieth-century Britain and Ireland, I examine how women opposed to the campaign for female suffrage used shame instrumentally in their writing. Exploring the versatility of this political device, I find that shame was used with the oppositional intentions of binding and excluding. Whereas British conservatives used it to protect an already well-established imagined community of good imperial women, Irish radicals drew on it to invite women to take part in the construction of a new nationalist sisterhood. This paper further problematizes claims that as an emotion that plays on a sense of the communal, shame has had no place in a highly individualistic modern world.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2014). Shame and the anti-suffragist in Britain and Ireland: drawing women back into the fold?. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60 (3), 346-359.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84925447490

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2748&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1742

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 346

End Page


  • 359

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Shame has been heavily relied on as a political tool in the modern world and yet it is still a much under-historicised emotion. Using the examples of early twentieth-century Britain and Ireland, I examine how women opposed to the campaign for female suffrage used shame instrumentally in their writing. Exploring the versatility of this political device, I find that shame was used with the oppositional intentions of binding and excluding. Whereas British conservatives used it to protect an already well-established imagined community of good imperial women, Irish radicals drew on it to invite women to take part in the construction of a new nationalist sisterhood. This paper further problematizes claims that as an emotion that plays on a sense of the communal, shame has had no place in a highly individualistic modern world.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Crozier-De Rosa, S. (2014). Shame and the anti-suffragist in Britain and Ireland: drawing women back into the fold?. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 60 (3), 346-359.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84925447490

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2748&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1742

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 346

End Page


  • 359

Volume


  • 60

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • Australia