What are the consequences of marginalization

marginalization

describes the displacement of individuals or population groups to the margins of society. The displacement can take place on different levels, for example geographical, economic, social or cultural; it usually takes place on several levels at the same time.

Marginalization takes place in a power structure and goes hand in hand with discrimination: the further a group is on the fringes of society, the less power it has and the more it is disadvantaged compared to the middle of society. Marginalization involves the loss of resources, opportunities to influence and status and can affect mental and physical health. If the marginalized group is a minority, the psychological and physical consequences can also be referred to as minority stress. But marginalization does not only affect minorities. In a patriarchal society, femininity is marginalized even though women are not a minority.

In the cultural sector, marginalized actors have, among other things, poor access to funding and influential positions. They often choose art forms in which access is less strictly regulated, such as contemporary dance or spoken word compared to ballet and poetry. Their art usually takes place in niche spaces and they are denied that a larger audience would be interested in their subjects.