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The ability to go about without shame: A proposal for internationally comparable indicators of shame and humiliation

  • Diego Zavaleta Reyles
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    Shame and humiliation are central to the understanding of poverty yet internationally comparable data on this dimension are missing. Based on existing indicators from related fields, this article suggests eight indicators to measure specific aspects of shame and humiliation that could start an in-depth debate around this topic. The indicators are the following: whether respondents would feel shame if they were poor; levels of shame proneness; perceptions of respectful treatment, unfair treatment and prejudiced treatment; whether respondents perceive that their ethnic, racial or cultural background affects their chances of getting jobs, services and education; whether respondents perceive that economic conditions affect their chances of getting jobs, services and education; and levels of accumulated humiliation.

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    Paper provided by Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford in its series OPHI Working Papers with number ophiwp004.

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    Date of creation: May 2007
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    Handle: RePEc:qeh:ophiwp:ophiwp004
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