Definition of Social Marginality
(noun) A condition in which an individual inhabits two group identities simultaneously.
Etymology of Social Marginality
- Coined by Robert Ezra Park (1864–1944) in Human Migration and the Marginal Man (1928).
Social Marginality Pronunciation
Syllabification: so·cial mar·gin·al·i·ty
- Plural: social marginalities
- Social marginality leads to stigmatization and is similar to double consciousness.
- Intersectionality introduces critical perspectives on the complex interrelations of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Feminist theorist bell hooks frames this concept in terms of margin and center; author Gloria Anzaldúa describes experiences as “border” or mestiza consciousness; legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term ‘intersectionality theory.’ To make a difference, intersectional analysis must go beyond describing individuals’ identities. This framework enables us to use a feminist lens for understanding transnational issues such as imperialism, pollution, war, human trafficking, and globalization. Intersectional analysis can be used to work toward the systemic change needed for all people to be able to maximize participation in free societies” (Tarrant 2009:13–14).
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Cite the Definition of Social Marginality
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “social marginality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 5, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/social-marginality/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
social marginality. (2016). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/social-marginality/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2016. “social marginality.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 5, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/social-marginality/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“social marginality.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2016. Web. 5 Jun. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/social-marginality/>.