Original ArticleExamining the Margins A Concept Analysis of MarginalizationVasas, Elyssa B. MPH, RNAuthor Information International Center of Research for Women, Children and Families, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia. Corresponding author: Elyssa B. Vasas, MPH, RN, Center for Health Disparities Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, 420 Guardian Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (e-mail: [email protected]). This work was supported by the NIH grant to the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, International Center of Research for Women, Children and Families (T32-NR-07100). The author acknowledges the help and support of Dr Julie Fairman. Advances in Nursing Science: July 2005 - Volume 28 - Issue 3 - p 194-202 Buy Abstract The aim of this analysis is to explore the concept of social marginalization for the purpose of concept development. Specifically, the article intends to clarify the relationship between health disparities and marginalization and generate knowledge about working with people who are socially marginalized. Concept development evolved from the critical analysis of relevant literature generated through searches of nursing and social science databases. Literature was organized thematically and themes related to marginalization as a social process were included and analyzed. The article explores the challenges of using marginalization as an independent concept and suggests areas for future inquiry and research. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.