09_20 paradox of conformity

09_20 paradox of conformity - The Paradox of Conformity...

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The Paradox of Conformity U.S. rhetoric of individualism versus the social pressures toward  conformity. Erving Goffman and Stigma “an attribute that is deeply discrediting” depending on the audience. “spoiled identity Sociology of Stigma (not important for class) Reconceptualization of “deviance” Deviance is relational, not inherent Social rules create deviance and stigma We are “discreditable” Three types of stigma Physical deformity Disabled Blemishes of individual character Immorality Weakness Tribal stigmas Based on social categories Race Nationality
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Religion Sexuality (identity rather than flaw) Person with stigma is “not quite human” Presents a danger Explaining how the social rules work Chain becomes to control the stigmatized person’s movements through society Whole groups of people that we place this stigma upon because we see them as outside  the normal Act different because of their not normalness People end up pretending their own stigma doesn’t exist Study people with stigma to understand sociology
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