This is treating a person or group of people as
insignificant, also known as isolation. It is the act of pushing a particular group/groups
of people to the edge of society and by not allowing them an active voice or
making them feel like they don’t have a place or don’t belong. Acts of
marginalisation may include negative beliefs, behaviours, or judgements from
others. Individuals and groups may find they are being marginalised by others for
reasons such as gender/gender identity, race, sexual orientation, disability,
religion and many more. People tend to find that the main reason people tend to
marginalise others is ignorance. If people have a lack of knowledge about
certain, religions or lifestyle choices of other people they tend to push them
away and marginalise them to a `secondary position` in society.
Marginalisation could be found in a health and social care
setting when equal access to certain resources are not provided based an
individual being a member in a particular group in society. The LGBT community
are an example of a group of people who tend to be marginalised by society. Research
suggests that gay men and lesbians have reduced access to medical care because
of fear of being discriminated against by others. The reason for this is that
federal and state laws do not offer uniform protection against all forms of
discrimination towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people. The
health needs of this community are often grouped together as opposed to be
recognised as a group of individuals with individual needs and unique values;
these beliefs of others lead people part of the LGBT community being marginalised.
People that find themselves to be victims of marginalisation will be made to
feel less important than those who hold more power or privilege in society.
This can be very frustrating for the victim and can lead to Self-blame/ Self-Doubt
and feelings of powerlessness
As members of society, we all share in the responsibility of
addressing marginalization. Ways we can do this include saying or doing
something when you witness acts of marginalisation, injustice or discrimination
happening around us. Another way to reduce marginalisation is becoming aware of
our own biases, prejudice and false beliefs about other people or groups and
learn how to have a more open outlook on things.