Shame and Its Histories in the Twentieth Century

  • Barbara Brookes


Human emotions have been described as 'a map of our values'.2 In this paper I want to argue for a new direction in our history that takes emotions seriously. What role did hope play, for example, in propelling immigrants to this side of the world? What was the emotional content of the conversion experience that led some Maori to adopt Christianity? How do we understand desire as a motivating force for people's actions in the past?


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Author Biography

Barbara Brookes
Barbara Brookes is Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago.
How to Cite
BROOKES, Barbara. Shame and Its Histories in the Twentieth Century. The Journal of New Zealand Studies, [S.l.], n. 9, may 2010. ISSN 2324-3740. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 04 dec. 2020. doi: