Stigma Labelling and Stereotyping Of Mental Illness by Goffman

Key Issues: Stigma Labelling and Stereotyping Stigma The word originated from the Greeks. Stigma referred to a sign burnt or cut into the body to demarcate slaves, criminals, and social outcasts as “ritually polluted” people. It is currently used to refer to any conditions that mark out the bearer as ‘culturally unacceptable’ or ‘inferior’ Stigma refers to a negative attribute that socially discredits an individual and confers a ‘deviant’ status Stigma – a label that associates an individual with some negative characteristics Goffman (1963) describes stigma as the difference between the virtual social identity and the real social identity GOFFMAN Read More …