Social acceptance

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A simple example of showing acceptance is assenting to receive a gift from someone. Pictured is Indira Gandhi accepting a gift.

Social acceptance can be defined as the fact that most people, in order to fit in with others, attempt to look and act like them. Or sometimes it is the ability to accept or to tolerate differences and diversity in other people or groups of people.


  • Stigma - the situation of the individual who is disqualified from full social acceptance.
    • Erving Goffman (1963), Stigma : Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity. Preface
  • In a culture whose media extols thinness as the great panacea that will bring happiness, sexuality, self-respect and social acceptance, they are blind to the insidious lies of the false goddess.

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