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The Blame Business: The Uses and Misuses of Accountability (Paperback)
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The Blame Business: The Uses and Misuses of Accountability (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 01/02/2015
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Blame infuses society in myriad ways. At its worst it sours and destabilizes relationships: it divides lovers, co-workers, communities and nations. It breeds rancour and the desire for revenge. In the hands of skilled propagandists blame is a potent tool for persecution; in the hands of the media it is a vehicle for creating victims and social unease. Yet blame, appropriately placed and managed, safeguards moral order and legal culpability. Blame is thus a curious construction, destructive on the one hand, necessary on the other. The Blame Business is a fascinating journey through the landscape of blame, focusing on its roots and enduring manifestations, from ancient witch-hunts to today's scapegoating and stigmatization, and from righteous anger to blame cultures. In an era of increasing unease about governance in public and private enterprises, Stephen Fineman delves behind the scenes of organizations infected with blame and profiles the people who try to hold them to account. With a critical eye he examines the vexed issue of public accountability as politicians and corporate leaders play their' blame games'. This book raises the challenging question of how we might mitigate the corrosive effects of blame. What are the limits of remorse and forgiveness? What role is there for state apologies for historical wrongdoings? Is restorative justice the answer? This absorbing book deepens our understanding of blame and how it shapes all of our lives.

Publisher: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781780234380
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 172 g
Dimensions: 200 x 120 x 12 mm


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The Blame Business unsettles the reader with a number of very disconcerting questions and comes up with some even more disturbing answers. Ours has become a society that thirsts for blame, breathes blame, and is blinded by blame. It is little wonder that it has turned blame into a flourishing business. But at what cost? This is a book that makes us look at blame with fresh eyes. --Yiannis Gabriel, School of Management, University of Bath"
"The Blame Business unsettles the reader with a number of very disconcerting questions and comes up with some even more disturbing answers. Ours has become a society that thirsts for blame, breathes blame, and is blinded by blame. It is little wonder that it has turned blame into a flourishing business. But at what cost? This is a book that makes us look at blame with fresh eyes." --Yiannis Gabriel, School of Management, University of Bath

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