As we were reviewing about the different theorists today i found myself rethinking about Goffman and how stigmas are such a relevant part of our society today and how it differs from place to place. A stigma in lamest terms in the idea of labeling someone based on a trait and ultimately putting them down. Obviously, this is common everywhere from school to any other institutions we can think of. I personally have been in new york all my life so i beleive that stigmas are less likely in the big populated cities because people try so hard to break free from them. For example, in the city you can literally find a very well dressed person and think there this big shot buisness man but then there actually like artists or musicians or you can have a woman in drabby boring loose clothes thats like a police detective. I think the reason for this is in big cities people use fashion as ways of disidentifers. This connects to Simmel’s duality of fashion as it can help in the individuals trying to distingush themselves from others but at the same time try to fit in. At the end of the day i think stigmas are inevitable and its something we really cant escape no matter how we change our appearences or characteristics.
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