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

Reidpath, Daniel D., Chan, Kit Y., Gifford, Sandra M. and Allotey, Pascale 2005, `He hath the French pox` : stigma, social value and social exclusion, Sociology of health and illness, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 468-489, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2005.00452.x.

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Title `He hath the French pox` : stigma, social value and social exclusion
Author(s) Reidpath, Daniel D.
Chan, Kit Y.
Gifford, Sandra M.
Allotey, Pascale
Journal name Sociology of health and illness
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 468
End page 489
Publisher Blackwell
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2005-07-05
ISSN 0141-9889
1467-9566
Keyword(s) stigma
social exclusion
social value
reciprocity
Summary 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 stigmatised and socially excluded as a mechanism for protecting limited social resources from exploitation. This perspective provides an empirically testable framework for the understanding of stigma and social exclusion that goes beyond the largely descriptive work that currently populates the field. We illustrate the process of stigmatisation and social exclusion and discuss how this suggests new styles of intervention, as well as new directions for research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9566.2005.00452.x
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Blackwell Publishing Ltd & the Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008821

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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