(noun) “A severe social disapproval with a person on the grounds of a particular characteristic which distinguishes them from others in society, e.g. mental illness or physical disability” (Wiktionary n.d.).
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- Plural: stigmas
- Goffman, Erving. 1963. Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
- Schur, Edwin M. 1983. Labeling Women Deviant: Gender, Stigma, and Social control. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
- Takahashi, Lois. 1998. Homelessness, AIDS, and Stigmatization: The NIMBY Syndrome in the United States at the end of the Twentieth Century. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
Wiktionary. n.d. “stigma.” Retrieved November 30, 2014 (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/stigma).