ERIC Number: EJ844051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
On Being Degraded in Public Space: An Autoethnography
Schoepflin, Todd A.
Qualitative Report, v14 n2 p361-373 Jun 2009
In the form of an autoethnography, the author analyzes a violent attack he suffered in public and discusses how the incident relates to a degradation ceremony. The author explains why the incident did not meet the required conditions of a successful degradation ceremony and defines a concept called degradation incident. Like a degradation ceremony, a person who experiences a degradation incident is perceived by the public as lower in the local scheme of social types. Unlike a degradation ceremony, transformation of one's total identity is not a required outcome of a degradation incident. The significance of being degraded in public without experiencing a transformation of total identity is discussed.
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