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Understanding Social Exclusion

John Hills, Julian Le Grand and David Piachaud, eds
Oxford University Press (June 2002)
p/b £18.99, h/b £50

Since the mid-1990s the term and phenomenon of social exclusion has attracted much academic attention in the UK, and since 1997 has been an explicit focus of government policy. This book, by members of the ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) at LSE, examines the debate around the meaning of the term, and the extent and nature of problems it encompasses. Aspects covered include poverty dynamics, intergenerational and family links in disadvantage, the labour market, deprived neighbourhoods, and the impact of welfare policy.

Social exclusion is a contested term, with dispute over the agency responsible: globalisation, the nation state and its institutions, or excluded individuals themselves. Understanding it involves interactions between influences and outcomes at different levels - individual, family, community, national and global.

Evidence in Understanding Social Exclusion suggests that policy can make a difference. A focus on social exclusion, rather than, for example poverty or deprivation, does not transform the scale or nature of the problems to be tackled. But it may change the emphasis of policy responses and can lead to a richer policy mix. 

The book features chapters on:

  • Social Exclusion: concepts and measurement
  • The Dynamics of Poverty
  • Intergenerational and Family Links
  • The Labour Market and Social Exclusion
  • Social Exclusion and Neighbourhoods
  • Welfare Policy and Exclusion
  • Does the Policy Response Change?


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