Stigma:  How We Treat Outsiders by Gerhard Falk (Prometheus Books).

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From the flyleaf:  Many of us have experienced social stigma at some time in our lives:  we may have been ridiculed because of our religion, our ethnic group, our race, or our gender.  But what exactly is stigma and how does it come about?  What is it in human nature that leads us to label some people as insiders and isolate others as outsiders?...  Falk reviews a whole range of stigmatized people, from the mentally ill to ordinary people with unpopular occupations like undertakers... This fascinating overview of a longstanding and widespread social problem will be of interest to all who seek tolerance, fairness and equality in society.