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  • Social stigma is a severe social disapproval of personal characteristics or beliefs that are perceived to be against cultural norms. Erving Goffman defined stigma as the process by which is normal. The three forms of stigma recognised by Goffman include: The experience of a mental illness (or the imposition of such a diagnosis), A physical form of deformity or an undesired differentness or An association with a particular race, religion, belief etc. (Goffman, 1990). Examples of existing or historical social stigmas include mental illness, physical disabilities and diseases such as leprosy (or Herpes), about which leprosy stigma may also be called, as well as illegitimacy, sexual orientation, skin tone or affiliation with a specific nationality, religion (or lack of religion) or being deemed to be or proclaiming oneself to be of a certain ethnicity, in any of myriad geopolitical and corresponding sociopolitical contexts in various parts of the world. The perception or attribution,...
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