In the required readings for this week Siegel (2015) and Losoncz & Tyson (2007) discuss Braithwaite's concept of reintegrative shaming. This conceptualization of shame centers on the emotions felt when standards established by familial or social institutions fail to be met. In many societies around the world, shame is a powerful tool of social control, however, in the United States, the process of informal shaming is often absent. Due to the fact that informal methods of social control are often more effective than legal sanctions in curbing deviant behavior, discuss the concept of reintegrative shaming and how it might be used in a more formal legal system such as that found within the U.S.
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Reintegrative shaming was coined by John Braithwaite in 1989. According to Siegel (2015), this is a form of shaming often imposed as a sanction by the criminal justice system. The aim of the reintegrative shaming is to create a stronger moral bond between offenders and the community. Reintegrative shaming holds out that society can record a reduced level of crime...