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SOCI 2P95 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Consumerism, Midlife Crisis, Ableism


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCI 2P95
Professor
Ann Duffy
Lecture
11

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SOCI 2P52
Lecture 11 March 25
4th floor room 404 Academic South
Sociological Concepts:
Stereotypes
1. Central concept: What are they?
Fixed, narrow pictures in our heads (what is a black person)
Mental cartoons (short-form)
One-sided and exaggerated images
Why are they significant?
Linked to class, gender, age, race, occupation, sexuality socialization
Linked to socially constructed ‘expectations’
Negative impact is significant--- restrictions/social control of self and/or others
Stigma
2. Central concept:
Stigma (Erving Goffman-Book)
= Spoiled identity (self-esteem)
Something in your identity (Public Presentation of self) that you may want
to hide, cover up, pass or manage
Stigma= embedded in relationship with others (active process)
It differs from stereotypes because it is an active process
Trying to cover up the bad bits in society
Public Presentation of self (management of public impressions)
1. What are some examples of stigma (spoiled identity) that might occur amongst university
students? (Something to be hidden)
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Making two facebook accounts, one for social, one for work
Keeping information amongst a trusted group of friends (poverty, sexuality)
2. How might these students seek to manage their ‘spoiled identity’?
IMPOSTERS (Hidden Stigmas):
Social construction of reality and identity- both are subject to manipulation
Exposure: Inauthenticity, anger, betrayal, crime?
STIGMA AND RELATIONSHIP TO:
Sexism (transgender?, insufficiently masc)
Racism (mixed race)
Heterosexism ( gay/lesbian/bi)
Ableism (Disability?)
Ageism (Youth/ old age)
Classism (Poverty, social welfare, job)
Self-Socialization
3. Central Concept:
We are not simply a reflection of societal imputs (agency)
We are capable of self-reflection and manipulation of our social reality
Examples- responses to mass media images of older women; responses to negative
stereotypes of elderly
Adult Socialization: Ongoing processes
Occupational identities
Familial identities- mother, father, etc
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