The definition of social stigma is a “severe disapproval of a person because of a particular trait that indicates their deviance from social norms”. When hearing about social stigma in class I thought about middle eastern Muslim women wearing a hijab or burqa as a veil to cover their body and their face out of respect to their religion and society. But according Erving Goffman, stigmatized people are people that don’t have full social acceptance and are constantly striving to adjust their social identities like mental patients, drug addicts, prostitutes, etc. Social norms control much of society therefore having people sort of lose a sense of self as trying to keep up with social norms and steering clear from being a social stigma if that makes any sense.
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