The Importance Of Marginality In Society

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Marginality is a huge issue within U.S. society. Differences in race, class, and gender are the root cause of the issue. A few examples of people that tend to live in the margins of society are the homeless, Muslim Americans, Native Americans, the Untouchables within the caste system, and many more. Understanding marginalization is of high importance because it can help open the minds of those who have been isolated. It is a huge reason that many people become interested in the ideas of sociology. The skit that the group has written basically uses the ideas of being marginalized by society and the affects that it has on the person. It is a highly stereotypical skit only to express the extreme ideas of some groups in the world
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Jerry’s group, or the “nerdy” group of our skit was made to represent those who tend to live in the outgroups of society. Not exactly in isolation, but still lesser than the other groups. They were mean to be a metaphor for the outgroups of society, such as middle to lower class white men. Not many are able to move into the ingroup of society, but they are not entirely isolated from society. Typically, they will create their own category rather than be isolated by the rest of society due to their lower-middle class status. They were used as a stepping stone between the outgroups and the character Anna. Anna analyzed Jerry’s group in the end using the structural-functional approach. She saw them as a necessary part of the society within their school, but also could see that they were a bit of a social dysfunction when it came to the norms of interaction. They were seen as the middle group of the high school society and were used as a metaphor for those in U.S. society that tend to identify with the outgroup. They are important because they can easily represent a variety of groups that are forced near the margins in U.S. society, such as Atheists that are not exactly excluded from society but are still looked at in a different …show more content…
society today. The groups represented in the skit were created to tie into the major groups of U.S. society. The in-groups, out-groups, and the marginalized do not work together in harmony. Unfortunately, the groups are what block social equality. It is important to recognize those that are pushed into the margins because they tend to become the most open minded people in society. A society made up of open minded people could eventually change the

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