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Jennifer L. Jacquet

Assistant Professor In the Department of Environmental Studies

New York University

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New York University

70 Washington Square South

New York City, New York,10012

United States

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Founded in 1831, New York University is the largest private university in the United States. The University, which is composed of 14 schools, colleges, and divisions, occupies five major centers in Manhattan. It operates branch campus and research programs in ... more

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Assistant Professor In the Department of Environmental Studies




Post-Doctoral Researcher With Sea Around Us Project

New York WILD Film Festival Site


USAID Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge

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Jennifer Jaquet interview: "Shame is absolutely necessary" [cached]

Jennifer Jacquet
" data-medium-file="" data-large-file="" class="size-medium wp-image-1118" src="" alt="Jennifer Jacquet" srcset=" 223w, 768w, 761w, 1000w, 1320w, 1980w" sizes="(max-width: 223px) 100vw, 223px" data-recalc-dims="1"> Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor at New York University and the author of "Is Shame Necessary?". Read more about her on her website.

Stefan Beck Online: October 2015 [cached]

When Jennifer Jacquet, an assistant professor in the department of environmental studies at New York University, was a child, she persuaded her mother to buy her a book called 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth.
One of the simple things that the book induced her to do was to shame her parents into boycotting canned tuna. "The evidence of mangled dolphins [caught in fishing nets] saddened and outraged people around the world," she writes. It felt good to adjust her behavior as a consumer. How much better, she seems to have asked herself, might it feel to force other people to adjust their behavior, preferably on a very large scale? "Shame can lead to increased stress and withdrawal from society," Jacquet writes. It "can hurt so badly that it is physically hard on the heart. But shame can also improve behavior." If you find yourself wondering who, exactly, gets to define improve in this context, Jennifer Jacquet's book is not for you. She is writing for an audience that prefers not to trouble itself with the role of individual preferences and priorities in what constitutes rational choice, and a more honest subtitle for her book would have been My Pet Uses for an Old Tool. Yet the distinction is not so significant as Jacquet thinks. She briefly examines the difference between guilt and shame, noting that "guilt acts as a form of self-punishment," but it doesn't seem to occur to her that shaming is an effective punishment whether or not one believes he has done anything wrong. It can, in other words, compel a person to modify his behavior for reasons that have nothing to do with his conscience and, in fact, may betray it. When people see a corporation change its practices in the face of a shaming campaign, they are likely to draw one conclusion: that it changed its mind to protect its bottom line. It stood to lose more to negative publicity or a boycott than it stood to gain from economical but negligent (as defined, of course, by Jacquet) practices. The lesson absorbed by individual observers is that they have more to lose in social capital by straying from the herd than they have to gain by following the dictates of conscience. Thus, the seemingly harmless or even praiseworthy expedient of shaming a corporate ne'er-do-well has a trickle-down effect on the public, which learns in a hurry that ridicule and opprobrium are on the menu if the wishes of the mob are defied. Furthermore, the large and faceless entities that Jacquet considers appropriate targets of shaming are often guilty not of slaughtering dolphins or dumping toxins into rivers but of holding attitudes that individuals hold as well. She repeatedly discusses the Twitter backlash faced by the Susan G. Komen foundation when it announced that it would no longer help fund Planned Parenthood. And if you are tempted to suggest that, because access to abortion is the law of the land, it is no longer a valid subject for public shaming, keep in mind that Jacquet is also fine with shaming people who consume cigarettes, alcohol, fatty foods, and "excessive" salt. The problem here, if that example didn't cast it in sharp enough relief, is that one man's "collective action problem" (as Jacquet puts it) is another man's collective action problem in the opposite direction. To assert the self-evident correctness of a position is to abdicate the responsibility to persuade. No case should be easier to make than the one that is self-evidently correct; yet people choose shaming over persuasion in just those cases in which they are, ostensibly, most convinced of their rectitude. Why? "Guilt, like all emotions, has its strengths," Jacquet writes, "but it also has its limits when it comes to what it can accomplish, and how quickly." The aim, it turns out, is getting what one wants as rapidly as possible. And there it is: Guilt is what we feel when we have been persuaded that something is wrong but we do it anyway; shame is what we feel when we sense imminent ostracism. And this is what makes shaming so appealing to Jacquet: Itgets the job done-through bullying and fear. There was a time when women remained in terrible, even violent, relationships because of the stigma attached to divorce or single motherhood. Since Jacquet is obviously not advocating a return to those dark days, it is hard not to conclude that she believes that shaming is terrific when put into the service of whatever Jennifer Jacquet happens to want. There are a number of adjectives one might apply to this attitude. None of them would make for a very nice blurb for this book. Consider Jacquet on juvenile executions: One takeaway of Is Shame Necessary? is that Jacquet is not all that clear on what the rest of us mean by "influence." The funny thing about shortcuts is that, despite all the lessons of history, nobody ever seems to believe that the other guy, once he has the upper hand, might take them, too.

The Culture of Climate Deniers | Culture & Conscience | Center for Humans & Nature [cached]

By:Jennifer Jacquet
[4]Jacquet, J. (2014). We are not not evolved to respond to climate change. Center for Humans and Nature. Retrieved from [5]Jacquet, J., Dietrich, M., and Jost, J. (2014). Jennifer Jacquet Jennifer Jacquet Assistant Professor - New York University Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at New York University. She is the author of Is Shame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool. Jennifer Jacquet

Jennifer Jacquet - 上海种子 [cached]

Jennifer Jacquet
Jennifer Jacquet is an assistant professor at New York University in the Department of Environmental Studies. She works on large-scale conservation problems, including climate change, overfishing, and the wildlife trade and at the interface of the social and natural sciences. She is particularly interested in the role of reputation in helping solve cooperation dilemmas, and is author of Is Shame Necessary?

Jennifer Jacquet, PhD
Environmental Scientist, Writer Jennifer Jacquet is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University, she is an environmental social scientist interested in large-scale cooperation dilemmas like climate change, and the exploitation of wildlife, including fishing, as well as in the role of social approval in encouraging cooperation. She is the author of IsShame Necessary? New Uses for an Old Tool (2015). As a student, she was a Sea Shepherd volunteer, manatee intern with Florida Fish and Wildlife, and volunteer shark tank diver at the Vancouver Aquarium. Jennifer earned her B.A. in Economics and Environmental Studies at Western Washington University. She received her M.S. in Environmental Economics from Cornell University and Ph.D. in Natural Resource Management and Environmental Studies from University of British Columbia.

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