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Encyclopedia of Psychology Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, Editor-in-Chief

MARGINALIZATION. The concept of marginalization was introduced by sociologists, then further developed by anthropologists, and has more recently become an issue for psychologists in their research and practice. Originally Stonequist (1935) proposed that following contact between cultural groups, many individuals in the nondominant group grow up in complex cultural circumstances: as a result, they may develop a particular set of psychological characteristics. The concept of marginalization has thus become employed at two levels: to describe the marginal situation of a group; and to describe the marginal personality of individuals in that situation (Kerckhoff & McCormick, 1955). The two levels are linked because “living as they do between two cultures, their personalities and careers are interwoven and linked with both systems. They thus mirror in their own personalities aspects of the two cultures. and especially the relations of the two cultures” (Stonequist. I935 P. 3).

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