What Is Marginalization?

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Marginalization, or social exclusion, is the concept of intentionally forcing or keeping a person in an undesirable societal position. The reason for marginalization may be done to an individual or an entire group.

The main consequences of being marginalized are from a social and economic perspective. It often involves limited rights for an individual or a group, which makes it difficult to correct the marginalization. Common examples for marginalized groups are some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as well as senior citizens, disability sufferers and children. Young people are the rare exception where the issue corrects itself as they grow older. The marginalization of young people is also an example of where rights are limited to protect the group.