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A social stigma is a stigma in the form of a distinctive characteristic in a person which can cause or be the result of marginalisation when used as an insult by individuals or groups. Look up stigma on Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Marginalisation or marginalization (US) refers in general to the overt or subvert acts and trends within societies whereby those perceived as lacking function or desirable traits are killed or otherwise excluded from existing systems of protectionism, thereby limiting their means for survival. ...

This means that its victims are mostly minorities which have a common characteristic which sets them apart from other members of society. The result is a vicious circle: marginalised groups are stigmatized, stigmatization leads to social exclusion and marginalised groups are formed. The definition of a minority group can vary, depending on specific context, but generally refers to either a sub-group that does not form either a majority or a plurality of the total population, or a group that, while not necessarily a numerical minority, is disadvantaged or otherwise has less...

Examples of social stigmas are physical or mental handicaps and disorders, as well as homosexuality or affiliation with a specific nationality, religion or ethnicity (as is often the case for the Roma people). See also: Handicap (competition) Handicapped is an adjective used to refer to a person or animal who is partially disabled or unable to use a limb or limbs. ... Disorder may refer to : A disease, in medicine Randomness (lack of order), in information theory This is a disambiguation page — a list of pages that otherwise might share the same title. ... Since the first coinage, the word homosexuality has acquired multiple meanings. ... In English usage, nationality is the legal relationship between a person and a country. ... This article or section should be merged with ethnic group Ethnicity is the cultural characteristics that connect a particular group or groups of people to each other. ... Tzigane redirects here; for the composition by Maurice Ravel, see Tzigane (Ravel). ...

Illicit drugs have directly or indirectly killed a lot less people than legal drugs such as prescription, alcohol and tobacco. Yet taboo and moral panic have had its effects and is now societal stigma. Many drugs are provided in tablet form. ... Prescription has various meanings. ... In general usage, alcohol (from Arabic al-kukhūl الكحول = the spirit, the chemical.) refers almost always to ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, and often to any beverage that contains ethanol (see alcoholic beverage). ... Species N. glauca N. longiflora N. rustica N. sylvestris N. tabacum Ref: ITIS 30562 as of August 26, 2005 Tobacco (, L.) refers to a genus of broad-leafed plants of the nightshade family indigenous to North and South America, or to the dried and cured leaves of such plants. ... A taboo is a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom declared as sacred and forbidden; breaking of the taboo is usually considered objectionable or abhorrent by society. ... A moral panic is a mass movement based on the false or exaggerated perception that some cultural behavior or group of people, frequently a minority group or a subculture, is dangerously deviant and poses a menace to society. ...

See also

// Computer programming In object-oriented programming, object identity is a mechanism for distinguishing different objects from each other. ... In sociology, the word labeling is used more as a metaphor, than a concrete concept. ... Stereotypes are considered to be a group concept, held by one social group about another. ...

Further reading

  • Goffman, Erving, 1963: Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Prentice-Hall. ISBN 0671622447

This article incorporates text translated from the corresponding German Wikipedia article. Erving Goffman (June 11, 1922 – November 19, 1982), was a Jewish Canadian sociologist and writer. ...

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Stigmata - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1562 words)
Many show some or all of the five Holy Wounds that were, according to the Bible, inflicted on Jesus during his crucifixion: wounds in the hands and feet, from nails, and in the side, from a lance.
Other modern stigmatics included Brother Roque (1968–1996); a novice in the order of Los Hijos de Los Hijos de La Madre de Dios (The Sons of the Sons of the Mother of God) in Villavicencio, Colombia; Therese Neumann (1898–1962), a German Catholic mystic; and Canadian Lilian Bernas, who began claiming to exhibit stigmata in 1992..
There have been historical stigmatics that were known to have faked wounds, such as Magdalena de la Cruz (1487–1560), who admitted the fraud.
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