Journal article

'He hath the French pox': stigma, social value and social exclusion

DD Reidpath, KY Chan, SM Gifford, P Allotey

SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

Goods and resources are finite, and social forces heavily pattern their distribution. One of the principal mechanisms for shaping the distribution of resources is by regulating entitlement to community membership itself. By restricting groups' membership of community, so access to social goods and resources diminishes, which in turn has a negative impact on the health and wellbeing of the excluded groups. It is argued here that community membership is determined on the basis of the perceived social value of groups and individuals and stigmatisation is the marking of individuals and groups who are 'unworthy' of social investment. Using the notion of reciprocity we show how groups may be stigm..

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