Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies
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Editorial Statementby Morton Deutsch
The Journal of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies is a much needed and very welcome publication. The study of human dignity and humiliation is a relatively new area in the social sciences. It is remarkable that this important area of study has been neglected for so long. Evelin Lindner, more than any other scholar, is the one who has initiated and is giving shape to this area. In her excellent book (Lindner, 2006), she has made a very valuable and original contribution to understanding how attacks on one’s dignity and the experience of humiliation can foster destructive interactions at the interpersonal and international levels.
In Times of Globalization and Human Rights: Does Humiliation Become the Most Disruptive Force?
Evelin Gerda Lindner, MD, PhD, PhD (Dr psychol, Dr med)
This article is about humiliation, globalization, human rights, and dignity. The central question is the following: Could it be the case in a globalizing world in which people are increasingly exposed to human rights advocacy, that acts of humiliation and feelings of humiliation emerge as the most significant phenomena to resolve? This paper suggests that this is the case. It claims that all humans share a common ground, namely a yearning for recognition and respect that connects them and draws them into relationships. The paper argues that many of the observable rifts among people may stem from the humiliation that is felt when recognition and respect are lacking. The article proposes that only if the human desire for respect is cherished, respected, and nurtured, and if people are attributed equal dignity in this process, can differences turn into valuable diversities and sources of enrichment—both globally and locally—instead of sources of disruption.
Co-Editor: Victoria C. Fontan