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date: 04 March 2021

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In this chapter, we discuss the social exclusion that many individuals from stigmatized groups experience. Social exclusion may happen through the expression of formal (overt, illegal) behaviors and/or through the expression of interpersonal (more subtle, legal) behaviors. In this chapter, we begin by describing these different types of discrimination and describe why we focus our discussion and research on interpersonal discrimination. Then, we review the interpersonal discrimination that members of a wide variety of stigmatized groups (e.g., obese, ethnic minorities, physically disabled) experience. We consider the consequences of such interpersonal discrimination, and argue that such behavior is paramount to excluding individuals from many domains of life, although the majority of research thus far has been conducted in workplace settings. Finally, we end by considering strategies that individuals might use to reduce such interpersonal discrimination, and ultimately social exclusion.

Keywords: social exclusion, social rejection, belonging, stigma, interpersonal discrimination

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