Reflection and use of the book, The End of Stigma? (Assignment 1, 151MC)

I read the book, The End of Stigma?, by Gill Green. This book links to my project by talking about and debating over stigma. I am looking at Stigma towards Mental health. The first important section I came across was a list outlining the production of stigma and how it is born:

  • “Labelling
  • Stereotyping
  • Othering – labelled persons are categorized as ‘them’ rather than ‘us’
  • Status Loss
  • Discrimination
  • Power”

There is an interesting point made about people who are labelled as ‘Mentally ill’ are made to reinforce their ‘deviant’ behaviour and have to ‘live up’ to the label they have been given. Therefore become stuck in a spiral and through stigma stay in the role of being a mental patient.

WHY DOES STIGMA HAPPEN?

“Our disability frightens people. They don’t want to think that this is something that could happen to them. So we become separated from our common humanity, treated as fundamentally different and alien.”

“In our view it is society which disables physically impaired people. Disability is something imposed on top of our impairments  by the way we are unnecessarily isolated and excluded from full participation in society.”

“Stigmatisation is the application of the unarticulated and deeply embedded rules that govern to whom membership should be accorded – marking and separating, in crude terms, the ‘in-group’ from the ‘out-group’.

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