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Stigma Communication

  • By: Rachel A. Smith
  • In: Encyclopedia of Communication Theory
  • Edited by: Stephen W. Littlejohn & Karen A. Foss
  • Subject:General Media, Communication & Cultural Studies, Communication Theory

Stigma arguably has its creation, maintenance, and effects tied to communication. The word's root meaning to prick or tattoo references nonverbal communication used in ancient Greece to mark criminals' and slaves' foreheads so they could be tracked and treated within the ...

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