Marginalisation is a form of exclusion that has repeatedly been presented in numerous and diverse texts, and has always been an end result of the discourses adopted by a character, which may be wholly rejected by society. Such rejection is prevalent in James Maloneyâ€™s â€˜Touch Meâ€™, where the upholding of inappropriate or alternative discourses eventually causes certain characters to be marginalised. That is to say that, in society marginalisation is due to unconventional behaviour, which is evidently illustrated in the book.
The challenging of masculinity and its associated beliefs and values in the novel apparently causes marginalisation. Masculinity in the novel is generally constructed in the form of sport (rugby), weight training, physical clashes, aggression, domineering and being homphobic. However, when such features are abandoned or neglected, marginalisation is the outcome. This is most noticeably the case with Xavier, whose life was earlier dedicated to rugby, until the changing of his priorities, which seemed to cause a certain degree of exclusion and aggravation from his peers. This was as a result of Xavierâ€™s attraction towards Nuala, who, by all, is considered as an unusual and abrasive girl, who assumes the
Likewise, this attitude intrudes into Scott's behaviour off the field. One clasic example of this is Ben Preston, the coach of the rugby squad. An example of this attitude is when annoyed at being beaten in a play during a scratch game of touch football by his girlfriend, he tackles her, sweeping her off her feet and then drops her on the ground. Thus, it is evident that marginalisation is not plainly caused and presented by the upholding of alternative discourses, but also by the foregrounding of characters by the author, where the reader is positioned to accept the belief or portrayal of the character. Therefore, it is obvious that not conforming to masculine activities and straying to different paths also causes marginalisation. Such indignation is illustrated by the following comments-"This girl looks like a guy, dresses up as a guy. This is explicitly expressed by Brett and Kris"tms comments-"You know what it looks like, don't you Xave You bring some queer lesbian in a fucking suit to the formal and you know what it says. Although it may not seem, but Preston is marginalised by James Maloney through the radical values he adopts viz. In conclusion, it is evident that the roots of marginalisation stems from characters not adopting dominant discourses and conforming to the ideologies accepted by society. This marginalisation is directed mainly from Scott (captain of Xavier"tms rugby team), particularly in the formal, who escorted with his peers discourages and excludes Xavier because he arrives accompanied with Nuala. "You can make tomorrow special for him. Such marginalisation is presented in the book Touch Me, where characters that do not fit the mould are alienated. As a result, he is prevented from playing rugby, which he really does yearn to do so. As it is with masculinity, it is the same for femininity, that is that opposition to its ideals causes marginalistion in the novel.