Blog #3 Social Stigma

Social stigma is the extreme disapproval of 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 of mental illness, physical disabilities, illegitimacy, sexual orientation, gender identity, skin tone, education, nationality, ethnicity, ideology, religion, lack of religion or criminality. Attributes associated with a 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. The first is overt or external deformations, such as scars, physical manifestations of anorexia nervosa, leprosy stigma, or of a physical disability or social disability, such as obesity. The second form of social stigma is deviations in personal traits, including mental illness, drug addiction, alcoholism, and criminal background are stigmatized in this way. Lastly tribal stigmas are traits imagined or real of ethnic group, nationality or of religion that is deemed to be the deviation from the prevailing normative ethnicity, nationality or religion.


3 responses to “Blog #3 Social Stigma

  1. I agree that in regards to social stigma they automatically stereotype or start to perceive things about you. Like in regards to two different people driving the same car if one has tattoos and is young and black he may be thought of as a drug dealer while if an older white man was driving he would be seen as a successful man who has put in the time.

  2. It’s astonishing how we can stigmatize someone base on their physical traits, which most of the time they have no control over
    and separate them into different groups based on our virtual perception! Virtual perceptions are acceptable depending on the situation I believe, for example it’s important for employers/ recruiters to do so in order to find the appropriate position for a future employee.We stigmatized all the time and it’s okay to so but while still maintaining a conservative approach. When it comes to a negative social stigma about a mental illness or physicals disabilities about a person than it’s really unfair because they are being separated into a social group that undermines them and in some way they also lose prestige!

  3. i agree, constantly people are stigmatized based upon their physical traits.There’s a surgeon that had two full sleeves of tattoos, on the job he is constantly wearing a long sleeve shirt with a lab coat. One with tattoos is stigmatized as being uneducated and/or a deviant. Tattoo’s is just an expression of ones feelings/emotions and has no affiliation with being a deviant nor ignorant

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