2. Case Study: Stigma
In this paper you will demonstrate your
understanding of how Stigma, Self and Society interact to affect our daily
lives. The concept of Stigma, developed and articulated by Erving
Goffman, can be used to spotlight how normative behaviors and mainstream
(bourgeois) values in society “other” people who are different. Choose a
stigmatized group in society to discuss the following:
The mainstream attitudes, metaphors and
common “sayings” that work to label and disempower the stigmatized group you
are analyzing.
How do they fight back and what are the
social and institutional ways the stigmatized group is pushing back to resist
the label and regain their power?

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