Notes, Individual Stigma Management

Notes, Individual Stigma Management - Deviance Lecture...

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Deviance Lecture October 12, 2005 Individual Stigma Management: Goffman Two different Kinds of Deviant Statuses according to him: 1. Discreditable - a deviant status that can be concealed - e.g. homosexuality, drug addiction 2. Discredited - Unconcealable - E.g. stutter, anorexia, physical deformities - Revealed - E.g. if it is concealable but it becomes revealed somehow, it becomes discredited So basically the key to stigma management is secrecy and information control Goffman has three strategies for passing as normal or hiding your deviance 1. Avoiding stigma symbols (passive strategy, just avoid the tip offs that reveal your deviance; e.g. a rainbow if your gay, your clothing, your vocabulary) 2. Using disidentifiers : This is something that is used to give the deliberate wrong impression about you, that you are not deviant. It is doing the opposite of having stigma symbols. E.g. if you are gay you wear really masculine clothes to throw people off and give the wrong impression.
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