Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity

by Erving Goffman


Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity | 9780140124750 | Erving Goffman

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Published:14/05/1990 by Penguin Books Ltd


The dwarf, the disfigured, the blind man, the homosexual, the ex-mental patient and the member of a racial or religious minority all share one characteristic: they are all socially “abnormal”, and therefore in danger of being considered less then human. Whether ordinary people react by rejection, by over-hearty acceptance or by plain embarressment, their main concern is with such an individual’s deviance, not with the whole of his personality. “Stigma” is a study of situations where normal and abnormal meet, and of the ways in which a stigmatized person can develop a more positive social and personal identity.

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