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Definition of Stigmatization

(noun) The marking, labeling or spoiling of an identity, which leads to ostracism, marginalization, discrimination, and abuse.

Stigmatization Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: stig·ma·ti·za·tion

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /stigmuh-tuh-zAY-shuhn/
  • British English – /stigmuh-tie-zAY-shuhn/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English: /ˌstɪɡmətəˈzeɪʃən/
  • British English: /ˌstɪgmətaɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/

Usage Notes

  • Plural: stigmatizations
  • Also called social stigmatization.

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Works Consulted

Brym, Robert J., and John Lie. 2007. Sociology: Your Compass for a New World. 3rd ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Ferrante, Joan. 2011. Sociology: A Global Perspective. 7th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Kimmel, Michael S., and Amy Aronson. 2012. Sociology Now. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

Wikipedia contributors. (N.d.) Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. (https://en.wikipedia.org/).

Wiley. (N.d.) Wiley Online Library. (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/).

Cite the Definition of Stigmatization

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “stigmatization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/stigmatization/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

stigmatization. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/stigmatization/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “stigmatization.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/stigmatization/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“stigmatization.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 Jun. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/stigmatization/>.