Stigma Revisited

Implications of the Mark

edited by Stacey Hannem and Chris Bruckert

This collection of studies of people who experience stigma in their daily lives—be it through discrimination, marginality or social injustice—offers a holistic perspective. While the book features first-person accounts of marginalized individuals, including a homeless man, many of its academic contributors have also personally dealt with the stigma that their subjects bear: among them is a criminologist and former sex trade worker who has devoted her career to researching the Canadian adult sex industry and advocating sex worker rights.

Stigma Revisited is inspired by Canadian sociologist Erving Goffman’s seminal 1963 book Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. It addresses the challenges that researchers studying stigma face, concluding, “in short, we are all affected by stigma as both subjects and perpetrators—indeed at times simultaneously.”

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