Stigma Revisited: Implications of the Mark is a collection of qualitative, empirical studies of populations who experience stigma. Discrimination, marginality and social injustice are recognized as indelibly tied to the phenomena of stigma. This volume builds on the work of Erving Goffman and integrates a larger, structural understanding of stigma based in Michel Foucault's governmentality writings. Contemporary notions of risk, riskiness and danger are linked to the labelling of "deviant" populations in the name of social control and risk management; these labels result in the institutional and systemic perpetuation of stereotypes and stigmatic attitudes. The research presented in this book addresses the individual experience of symbolic stigma as well as the collective impact of structural stigma. With unique, personal vignettes that position each of the academic contributors in relation to their subjects, this collection of essays challenges social science researchers to understand their own role in reproducing and contesting hegemonic discourses that stigmatize and marginalize.
Stacey Hannem is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminology at the Brantford Campus of Wilfrid Laurier University. She was formerly an instructor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa and held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council post-doctoral fellowship. She completed her PhD sociology at Carleton University in 2008. Dr. Hannem has pursued research and published in the areas of reintegration for sexual offenders, restorative justice, and families affected by incarceration. Chris Bruckert is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Since receiving her PhD from Carleton University in 2000, she has devoted herself to researching various sectors of the Canadian adult sex industry through the lens of feminist labour theory. Committed to sex worker rights, she endeavours to contribute to the movement as an academic activism.
Acknowledgments Dedication Preface by Robert Gaucher Introduction Chapter One: Speaking out: Down out and Crazy - Nicholas Little Chapter Two: Theorising Stigma and the Politics of Resistance: Symbolic and Structural Stigma in Everyday Life - Stacey Hannem Chapter Three: The Mark of Racialization: Afghan-Canadian Men Negotiation Stigma Post September 11th - Vajmeh Tabibi with Stacey Hannem Chapter Four: The Mark of 'Disreputable' Labour: Workin' it: Sex Workers Negotiate Stigma - Chris Bruckert Chapter Five: The Mark of Sexual Deviance: What Keeps Men Who Have Sex with Men Up at Night? - Kevin Walby Chapter Six: The Mark of Association: Transferred Stigma, and the Families of Male Prisoners - Stacey Hannem Chapter Seven: The Mark of Mental Illness: 'Slashing' and Managing the Stigma of a Scarred Body - Jennifer M. Kilty Chapter Eight: Speaking Out: On Being a Nigger - Charles Huckelbury, Jr. Chapter Nine: The Mark of Criminality: Rejections and Reversals, Disclosure and Distance - Stigma and the Ex Prisoner - Melissa Munn Chapter Ten: Speaking out: A Poem and Conversation - 'Crazzy' Dave Dessler Chapter Eleven: Concluding Thoughts Academic Activists: A Call to Action - Stacey Hannem and Chris Bruckert References Contributors Index Terms