Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Is shame dead?

With the announcement that absent parents are to be "named and shamed", many have been critical as to the effectiveness of the policy.
Chris Stanley, head of policy and research at crime reduction charity Nacro points to the use of Asbos.Mr Stanley said: "We don't think naming and shaming can be considered productive from a children's rights perspective. There's also the issue of some young people who have never done anything successful holding up a leaflet publicising their Asbo and saying to their friends 'I did that'; almost like it's a badge of honour."
Many now believe we live in a shameless society.
Professor Bernice Andrews, of Royal Holloway University of London said:" These days people are likely to feel more shame about what they look like or their material success rather than any offence they may commit. Some people are just shameless. They are usually people who don't feel empathy or regret. They may simply want recognition and actually enjoy being in the public eye. It only works if people care what others think of them."

Q. Do you believe a "named and shamed" policy should be used to prevent crime?

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