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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

A Griceian analysis of Goffmanian stigma


Goffman writes:

"The fully and visibily stigmatised ... must suffer the special indignity of KNOWING that they wear their stituation on their sleeve, that almost everyone will be able to see into the heart of their predicament."

This may not apply to some type of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, where this self-cognizance is lacking (vide Roger Scruton, "Madness").

Therefore, we may refine the Goffmanian analysis. If we change 'know' by 'believe', we drop the clause requiring the stigmatised from BELIEVING they wear 'their situation under their sleeve'.

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