GSU Sociology Spoiled Identities Discussion

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Individuals or groups labeled as deviant are often stigmatized. They acquire what

Erving Goffman called a "spoiled identity," which devalues them and often excludes

them from normal social interaction. Discuss "spoiled identities". Illustrate the

different ways that stigmatized individuals and groups cope with their stigmatization.

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Introduction



Goffman’s concept of spoiled identity is used to describe people accredited with stigma or

negativity.


This is part of the generalized process in which people who deviate from standard social

values are labeled as ‘deviants.’


Spoiled identity makes individuals navigate with a profoundly discrediting attitude.

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Thesis



The essay discusses "spoiled identities" and illustrates different ways that stigmatized

individuals and groups cope with their stigmatization.
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Body



One response to spoiled identity is Van Laar et al. (2019) concept of 'internalization.'



People with identity often own the negative grief and start to believe in themselves.



For example, a girl being told to get thin every day may permanently believe that she is

unlovable.
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Conclusion



Conclusively, there is a need to stop stigmatization in our societies.



Stigmatized individuals feel less recognized and appreciated in our societies.



Governments should set public awareness programs to help people understand the need to

treat each other equally.


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