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STIGMA The aim of this paper is not to give an outright answer to the term stigma Firstly we have to try and define stigmaUsing Goffmans definition we can examine the three types of Stigma that existsHowever for the purpose of this paper we shall discuss only two of the types definedIn using the word stigma and examining its Greek historical text we must also examine a derivative of the word stigma and that is stigmataAlthough heavy in its religious tone in order to gain an understanding to the question setAre these signs of God self induced or is there any evidence to support the theory of stigmata Indeed in recent times there have been moves to make Padre Pio a Saint because of this phenomenon Therefore we have to examine this form of stigma in order to measure if there is any impact on Goffmans three definitions of stigmaGoffman argues that there are three types of stigma abominations of the body blemishes and physical stigma Goffman1990With reference to an abomination of the body this paper shall examine Anorexia NervosaThis of form illness displays itself for all to see however the real turmoil is in the inside of the bodyIndeed are there links between anorexia and sexual abuseHepwoth argue that there is a lack of control of ones bodyIs anorexia incurable or is it an illness that some people have to learn to live with Secondly blemishesAIDS and HIVcan carry all forms of stigma and predjudiceBut why If we discuss these two forms of stigma we can then move forward and discuss a conclusion to the question set about stigmaGoffman argues that in society there are those amongst us who are the wise and knowing and those who are notIf we explore this theory prior to the conclusion this may help form a better understanding of stigmaHaving then discussed the evidence presented we shall then discuss the conclusion I
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