1. (sociology) The state of being partly an insider and partly an outsider.
2. In cultural and literary theory, a spatial metaphor for subordinated or repressed textual meanings.
3. The perspective of dissident groups and individuals, which may be interpreted either negatively in terms of alienation or positively in terms of a vantage-point for critique, though by virtue of marginalization such critiques may gain no hearing within mainstream society.
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