Mun (philosophy, Arizona State Univ.) has assembled a fine collection of essays on the "methods, theories, norms, cultures, and politics" of shame. Shame often receives critical attention as a negative emotion, but this collection of ten essays offers a balanced view of the emotion, paying attention to its positive social functions and its value as a tool for negotiating one's relationship to the world. Shame has both positive and negative features, and this combination is precisely what renders it such a powerful emotion on individual and social levels of enactment. Examining the phenomenon of shame across disciplines, cultures, and texts, the contributors look at the complexity of shame as a response to self, others, and the world. Essays treat the science and philosophy of shame and its social and political functions in social media, literature, and queer culture. Offering an excellent introduction to and integration of analyses of shame to date, this volume will appeal to students, practitioners, and scholars with disciplinary interests as varied as literature, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and psychotherapy. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty and professionals.