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Abstract

Othering is an unprecise term. It usually refers to various constructed notions of belonging and

difference that engender marginality and structural inequality. Social-psychological

approaches that conceive Ingroup and Outgroup formations as an interaction between

cognitive, emotional, and conative processes are not sufficient to conceptualize Othering. An

extension to a postcolonial-intersectional perspective is needed to understand the social and

discursive character of Othering and the historically grown formation of Self-Other power

relations.<br /><br />

In the context of public health, Othering as an analytical lens provides an essential contribution

to understanding the link between minority status and health inequalities. Even though

Othering processes exist in health care settings, little is known about how disparities

concerning care and access to health services emerge as an effect of Othering. Further research

on Othering is required to make the impact of difference visible shaped by Self-Otherconstructions,

which directly influences the (re-)production of health inequalities.

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