Topic: Social Stigma
Social stigma refers to extreme disapproval of (or discontent with) a person or group on socially characteristic grounds that are perceived, and serve to distinguish them, from other members of a society. Stigma may then be affixed to such a person, by the greater society, who differs from their cultural norms. Social stigma can result from the perception and judgement of mental disorder, physical disabilities, diseases such as leprosy, illegitimacy, sexual orientation, gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, beliefs, values, education, nationality, ethnicity, power, prestige, wealth, occupation, class, religion, beauty, relationship, intellect or criminality. Attributes associated with social stigma often vary depending on the geopolitical and corresponding sociopolitical contexts employed by society, in different parts of the world. According to Erving Goffman there are three forms of social stigma: 1. * Overt or external deformations, such as scars, physical manifestations of anorexia nervosa, leprosy (leprosy stigma), or of a physical disability or...
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