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Stigma has been identified as a complex, diverse and deeply rooted phenomenon that is dynamic in different cultural settings. As a collective social process rather than a mere reflection of an individual's subjective behaviour, it operates by producing and reproducing social structures of power, hierarchy, class and exclusion and by transforming difference (class, race, ethnicity, health status, sexual orientation and gender) into inequality. This document is a literature review about stigma in every sense of the word.
This booklet is the third in a series of publications that address key themes of UNESCO's work on HIV and AIDS and the education sector. It discusses issues affecting educators in the context of HIV and AIDS, including training, conduct, and care and support. It also includes a bibliography, a list of practical tools and resources, and sources of additional information.