STIGMA ANALYSIS (From Stigma :Essays in Spoiled Identity, Erving Goffman) In not more than five typed pages, analyze a stigma with which you have had experience. Use the outline as an analytic tool. STIGMA TYPES Abominations of the body Blemishes of character Tribal stigma of race, nation, religion, or ideology CHARACTERISTICS OF MIXED CONTACTS Uncertainty of definitions Pressure to perform Normal accomplishments as extraordinary Minor failings as evidence Too nasty/too nice Personal boundary violations Disclosure etiquette Contagion Breaking through RESPONSES TO STIGMA Correction Compensation Passing Secondary gains Reinterpretation as “blessing” Reassessment of “normals” Avoidance of mixed contacts Missionary work Reverse stigma
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