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Stigma : Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity - Erving Goffman

Stigma

Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity

Paperback Published: 15th June 1986
ISBN: 9780671622442
Number Of Pages: 168

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"Stigma" is an illuminating excursion into the situation of persons who are unable to conform to standards that society calls normal. Disqualified from full social acceptance, they are stigmatized individuals. Physically deformed people, ex-mental patients, drug addicts, prostitutes, or those ostracized for other reasons must constantly strive to adjust to their precarious social identities. Their image of themselves must daily confront and be affronted by the image which others reflect back to them.

Drawing extensively on autobiographies and case studies, sociologist Erving Goffman analyzes the stigmatized person's feelings about himself and his relationship to "normals" He explores the variety of strategies stigmatized individuals employ to deal with the rejection of others, and the complex sorts of information about themselves they project. In "Stigma" the interplay of alternatives the stigmatized individual must face every day is brilliantly examined by one of America's leading social analysts.

Stigma and Social Identity
Preliminary Conceptions
The Own and the Wise
Moral Career
Information Control and Personal Identity
The Discredited and the Discreditable
Social Information
Visibility
Personal Identity
Biography
Biographical Others
Passing
Techniques of Information Control
Covering
Group Alignment and Ego Identity
Ambivalence
Professional Presentations
In-Group Alignments
Out-Group Alignments
The Politics of Identity
The Self and Its Other
Deviations and Norms
The Normal Deviant
Stigma and Reality
Deviations and Deviance
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ISBN: 9780671622442
ISBN-10: 0671622447
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 15th June 1986
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1

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