Call for Papers: Special Issue on the Changing Nature of Social Stigma: Context and Experiences

Guest Editors:

Janak Pandey, University of Allahabad, India; e-mail:

Tushar Singh, Banaras Hindu University, India; e-mail:

Stigma is a complex social phenomenon that may involve social psychological processes like separation, status loss, discrimination, stereotyping, identity, and related issues. The term stigma is of Greek origin, referring to some mark of cut or burns on a person's body with labeling as a blemished character like criminal, traitor, or slave. Goffman was the first to define social Stigma as a “spoiled identity”, a definition based on the premise that Stigma represents a deviation from the attributes considered normal and acceptable by society.

The psychological literature emphasizes stigmatized groups' experiences in status loss, labeling, stereotyping, and discrimination. However, the experience of Stigma might be more complicated. Societies, on the one hand, may have strong negative attitudes and practices of isolating stigmatized groups. On the other hand, some societies may have traditions to include stigmatized groups by giving particular roles in specific ways to maintain some relationships. Also, as a result of various legislations in many parts of the world one may expect changes in inclusion and exclusion of various stigmatized groups into the mainstream societies. It is, therefore, important to explore if the nature of social stigma changed in any way.

The papers to be included in this special issue are expected to contribute to the psychological literature by presenting evidence-based analysis to enhance our understanding of different stigmatized groups and their experiences. The papers may focus on, but not limited to, one or more of the following topics:

  • Various forms of stigma: Experiences in socio-cultural contexts
  • Stigmatized groups: Social identity and status
  • Consequences and stigmatization: Social, psychological, and health
  • Marginalization and discrimination of Stigmatized people
  • Stigmatized groups: Economic deprivation and coping with poverty 
  • Stigmatized groups and their coping strategies
  • Psychological and socio-cultural correlates of stigma experiences

Submissions may take several formats like conceptual, empirical, policy articles, or brief reports. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submissions should adhere to Author Guidelines, which can be accessed on Psychological Studies website:

All the manuscripts for this special issue will be submitted online at

Timelines for the Special Issue

Last date for submission of the manuscripts - 31 July 2021

Decision about acceptance or rejection (based on peer reviews) communicated - 30 September 2021 

Submission of the revised manuscripts - 30 November 2021