Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
Communication Studies and Theatre
Goffman (1963) defined stigma as an individual being unable to receive social acceptance because of a specific characteristic by being marked based on a characteristic, which can visible or invisible. This study examined how men undergoing foreskin restoration communicatively manage the stigma associated with restoring their foreskin. Through 13 interviews, I was able to thematically code using Meisenbach’s (2010) stigma management communication typology which served as an excellent theoretical fit. My results suggest that men undergoing foreskin restoration deploy several sub-strategies to manage stigma, as well as utilize multiple strategies simultaneously. Furthermore, my results indicate the possibility of new stigma management strategies as well as the concept of forced disclosure, which would make an excellent addition to the previously mentioned typology.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Stigma (Social psychology)
Foreskin -- Surgery.
Body image in men.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 82-92)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Hartelt, Joshua, ""I Don't Want to Hear About Your Dick": Communicatively Managing Stigma Surrounding Foreskin Restoration" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2475.