What do Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Richard Gere, untalented American Idol singers, former FBI agent Robert Hanssen, former baseball player Jose Conseco, "dead-beat" fathers, and drunken college students all have in common? They have all engaged in some type of shameful behavior. Seemingly, an increasing number of people are acting rudely, displaying poor etiquette, and acting shamelessly in an increasing number of social situations. In fact, it appears as though there is a rising culture of shamelessness in the United States. Shameful Behaviors presents a unique look at American culture based on the premise that not only is there a rising culture of shamelessness, there is also a corresponding rise in formal and informal resistance against this trend. Author Tim Delaney provides the reader with an informative and entertaining analysis of contemporary American culture.
Chapter 1: The Growing Culture of Shamelessness Chapter 2: Formal Shamings: Degradation Ceremonies Chapter 3: Informal Shamings: The Joy of Shaming Others Chapter 4: Self-Shamings: Degrading One's Self Chapter 5: Drunk Shamings: An Old College Tradition Chapter 6: The Shame of it All!