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From Stigma to Ignorance, Prejudice

Graham Thornicroft

in Shunned

Published on behalf of ©Graham Thornicroft

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780198570981
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198570981.003.0009

Series: International Perspectives in Philosophy & Psychiatry

From Stigma to Ignorance, Prejudice

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What is the basic problem? In the preceding chapters we have seen how many people with mental illness are subjected to systematic disadvantages in most areas of their lives. Why should this be so? What can we learn from other conditions whose image may have changed over time? Should we fatalistically accept that these processes of exclusion are somehow tribal, deeply rooted and resistant to change? Or it is realistic to see stigma and discrimination as cultural constructions, which we can collectively change if we understand them clearly and commit ourselves to tackle them? These issues are at the core of this chapter.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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