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Estigma: notas sobre a manipulação da identidade deteriorada

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,943 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Stigma is an illuminating excursion into the situation of persons who are unable to conform to standards that society calls normal. Disqualified from full social acceptance, they are stigmatized individuals. Physically deformed people, ex-mental patients, drug addicts, prostitutes, or those ostracized for other reasons must constantly strive to adjust to their precarious s ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 2013 by LTC (first published 1963)
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Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This has taken me so long to read, but mostly because other things have gotten in the way. Really, it is the sort of short book that should take an afternoon, well, or a life time. This is a bloody great book.

Stigma is an odd idea. You know, Jesus had stigmata – the marks of his death, and therefore resurrection, branded on his body. They were there for all to see. And this is part of the point of the stigmatised. They have a mark that marks them out from those around them – the normals – and t
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, gender
The basic distinction Goffman makes towards understanding the literature on stigma (mostly qualitative) is that between virtual and social identity.
I found it useful to cash out this distinction in phenomenological terms as follows. Virtual identity is comprised of those meanings material to an individual person which her whole bodily presence motivates for the other person. The features of the person's bodily presence that motivate these meanings are signs, such as a scar. The presence of a s
Aug 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is written in an unnecessarily pedantic and obscure (read: Academic English at it worst) style. While the subject is fascinating, the author took great pains to present it in a horrifically dry and unpalatable way.
Lauren Levitt
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quals, dissertation
Goffman is the unsung father of queer theory. Just as Gender Trouble wouldn't exist without The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, The Trouble with Normal wouldn't exist without this book. Goffman is really good at analytically breaking down and assigning specialized vocabulary to complex social processes in a way that seems commonsensical. Even though this book was written in the 1960s, it is still relevant today.
Jan 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was terribly boring, but it had this one great example in it about how people treat someone when they just find out about their stigma. They made up an example of someone having a quiggle. People won't know what to say so they ask totally inappropriate questions like "how do you bathe with that quiggle?" and then they try to related it to their own life so it wont seem like they're making a big deal out of it, hence "my uncle had a quiggle!" It's totally true and it was really funny. M ...more
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
quaintly written piece of period texture that is pretty fucked up but nevertheless sportive and frolicksome. the sociological edge is really the sole detractor here. this dense and short text, goes all over the place. the word "disidentify" shows up here, but i don't know if it's in communication with munoz' usage since i've yet to read *disidentifications*. erving goffman feels a tad voyeuristic here, and it forces one to reflect upon the invasive and objectifying violence of cultural study, al ...more
Данило Судин
Поняття "стигма" та "стигматизація" є загальноприйнятими не тільки в соціології, але і в побутовій мові. Отже, можна було б очікувати, що однойменна робота Ірвіна Ґофмана нічого нового читачу не скаже. Наприклад, читання Орієнталізм нічого нового не дає тому, хто чув дайджестові виклади цієї книги.

Але з цим дослідженням справа зовсім не така проста. По-перше, автор показує, що стигма - це зовсім не ярлик, як деколи припускають певні автори. Стигма - це, перш за все, відчуття вини через наявність
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
These the second Erving Goffman book that I've read this year (the other being "Asylums", please see my review on if interested).
I work as a criminal defense attorney and I read "Asylums" in an effort to gain perspective on the attitudes of institutionalized persons (i.e. convicts). I was suprised by how brilliant "Asylums" was, so I picked up "Stigma". I was similarily impressed with Stigma.

Where "Asylums" dealt with the relationship of individuals and institutions, "Stigma" deals mo
Apr 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sociology
I read this book because I'm starting a PhD in Sociology this fall and I'd read other Goffman texts, and they had this book at Borders, so I figured it was probably a big deal in Sociology. Overall, I think Goffman uses way too many words to explain his concepts, and the concepts themselves are poorly organized. Really, it could have fit in 1/4 of the pages he used, and it was a short book to begin with. It feels like he didn't make an outline before he wrote it. Parts of it were historically so ...more
Larry-bob Roberts
I read it at the prompting of Covering, The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights, the author of which got the concept of covering (not being totally closeted, but downplaying aspects of one's identity when one is part of a stigmatized group) from this book.

Several of the footnotes about homosexuality reference Evelyn Hooker (whose works could stand to be collected into a book - also, it seems that the documentary on her is not easily available, although there is a short video of her on YouTube.

I w
Mar 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Perhaps a bit too intellectual for me overall but quite academically and well written book about the concepts of stigma. Its about what it feels like to be a black dude or a Jewish dude or a gay dude. What and how does labelling yourself with that stigma influence the way you perceive yourself and the way in which you interact in society. Actually I didn’t understand sections of this because I is a little bit dumb innit, but writing this has helped me understand the book better. As a Pakistani / ...more
Maria B
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A dated book with surprisingly slightly-dated ideas about Identity. I enjoyed the mid-century feel of the language and examples used, though some of the examples were harder for me to imagine than others (probably due to the passage of 60 years since the examples were written). The book was brief, which was nice for being one of several required books for one class. Overall a brief, concise, dated but still relevant book.
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
A really great overview of the effects of stigma and how it's produced in society. If you read modern texts on similar subjects, Goffman is cited EVERYWHERE! A lot of the language is quite outdated now, but I liked the personal touch of all the anecdotes throughout.
Guilherme Smee
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer, sociologia
Um livro que trata antropologicamente e sociologicamente sobre pessoas estigmatizadas pelos outros. Essa estigmatização pode ser tanto na aparência (deficiências físicas, anomalias genéticas) como no comportamento social (verdugos, prostitutas, drogados, ex-presidiários, doentes mentais, gays, etc...). O autor estuda como se dá essa estigmatização e a reação dos estigmatizados frente a essa "marca social". O que torna o livro rico, entretanto, são as centenas de relatos das pessoas que sofrem o ...more
Alegría Buendía
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filosofia
Un libro muy aburrido acerca de las personas que tienen un estigma (cualquiera que sea éste, de hecho es tan amplio el uso que le da a la palabra que prácticamente si no se es un hombre blanco adinerado padre de familia y deportista, uno lleva consigo un estigma)
La manera en que se relaciona el estigmatizado consigo mismo, con su familia, sus amigos y con la sociedad y viceversa. Las maneras en que viven, sobrellevan, presumen u ocultan su estigma. Me costó mucho terminarlo a pesar de ser un li
Neval Grl
Toplum içinde "farklı" ya da eksik olarak belli kalıplara sokulan ve peşin yargılarla mücadele etmeyen çalışan insanlar ve karşı cephede sözde normal insanlar...
Sosyal hayatın çetrefilli yönleri ve toplumsal kalıpların bireysel hayatlarda ne kadarda etkili bir unsur olduğunu gözler önüne seren insanın kafasında soru işareti oluşturan bir çalışmaydı.
Size olanı sunan ancak seçeceğiniz yolun tercihini size sunan, bir nevi durum değerlendirmesiydi.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic text, written in the 1960s. Our language has changed, but the key points have not. We all walk around each day trying to decide what to reveal and what to hide. What is safe to disclose, because it affords us the privilege of membership? And when is it best to hide the stigma, in an effort to “pass” as one of the “normals”?
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I swear everyone in my university department is going through a protracted breakdown, but they're all too tactful to ever reveal this collective stigma (which is, ironically, what brought them to the department to begin with), so they instead gather around the tea room eating weenie dogs and talking about actor network theory and pizza toppings.

This is what I've gotten from Goffman.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No me gustó este libro. Aunque tiene conceptos importantes por los que sí valió la pena leerlo, me molestó mucho la manera en la que está escrito. No me agradó esa distinción de "Nosotros los normales" y "ellos los estigmatizados".
Por otro lado, me parece que describe bien la crueldad de los seres humanos hacia las personas con estigmas.
La lectura de este libro es pesada y a ratos aburrida.
Carlos Recamán
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"El estigma implica no tanto un conjunto de individuos concretos separables en dos grupos, los estigmatizados y los normales, como un penetrante proceso social de dos roles en el cual cada individuo participa en ambos roles, al menos en ciertos contextos y en algunas fases de la vida. El normal y el estigmatizado no son personas, sino, más bien, perspectivas"
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a brilliant book because of Goffman's clear style and judicious use of evidence. It is a must read in our current heated climate of 'identity politics' and 'political correctness'. Goffman treats these issues sanely, moderately, rationally and sympathetically.
Uswatun Nisa
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was very awesome because it described all about stigma theory
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
據說是當代美國社會學大師的作品, 但是看的似懂非懂的.
書中提到一些可能被社會大眾貼標的人在混居環境中如何自處. 在這本書寫作的年代, 各項歧視可能都是很直接的吧! 現在的社會應該仍然有些不公平的對待, 但應相對地好很多吧!
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thought provoking Goffman which leaves one with plenty of information to assimilate and attempt to make answers out of.
Julia Andersson
One of the fathers of sociology, good read.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those books that changes your worldview completely and makes the awful things you’ve done in the past come haunting you. Indeed, in the end, we are all stigmatized in one way or another.
Hellen Selina
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book, awesome to use if you need a reference relating to 'the norms', 'stigma' and 'discrimmination'.
Especially when you want a statement to relate.
Heavy read but worth it!
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
moi recomendable tanto dende o punto de vista antropolóxico como dende o activista
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like an old book - dull in the same way that a heavy-research book is - but did have some interesting points to make.
Dustin Hartley
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very theoretical, but not very technical, yet engaging, look at stigmatized persons and groups. A quick, fun read by a great social science writer.
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Erving Goffman (June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982) was a Canadian-born sociologist and writer.

Considered "the most influential American sociologist of the twentieth century" (Fine, Manning, and Smith 2000:ix), as a subjective analyst, Goffman's greatest contribution to social theory is his study of symbolic interaction in the form of dramaturgical analysis that began with his 1959 book The Present
“The stigmatized individual is asked to act so as to imply neither that his burden is heavy nor that bearing it has made him different from us; at the same time he must keep himself at that remove from us which assures our painlessly being able to confirm this belief about him. Put differently, he is advised to reciprocate naturally with an acceptance of himself and us, an acceptance of him that we have not quite extended to him in the first place. A PHANTOM ACCEPTANCE is thus allowed to provide the base for a PHANTOM NORMALCY.” 28 likes
“...the issue becomes not whether a person has experience with a stigma of his own, because he has, but rather how many varieties he has had his own experience with.” 14 likes
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