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Marginality/Liminality
(526 words)

Marginality is a sociological term used to designate persons who live on the periphery of society as opposed to those who take up the central role in a society, enjoying particular privileges and access to power and influence from which marginalized persons or groups are excluded. The most influential segment of a society is not necessarily the same as the majority, nor do marginalized groups necessarily correspond to demographic minorities (e.g. blacks in the Antebellum South constituted the ma…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Marginality/Liminality”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 07 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_SIM_00046>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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