Concepts and strategies for combating social exclusion. An overview

Explores how the concept of social exclusion has emerged and how it responded to the socio-economic changes of the 1970s. Examines the manifestations of exclusion at the individual, group, social and spatial levels and discusses difficulties in its measurement and analysis. Reviews strategies for combating exclusion and identifies approaches which have been shown to give positive results.

“…richly filled with concrete examples, this book is overall a good comprehensive overview of the concept of social exclusion. It is a must read by all those who are not yet familiar with the issue and/or who are frustrated with how poverty and inequality have become obsolete terms under the dominant influence of neo-liberal market forces”
Philip Young P. Hong, Loyola University, Chicago in Social Policy, Volume 35/3-2006, Cambridge University Press

Millions of people in the world experience social exclusion and poverty - creating a grave situation that affects the whole of humanity and is unlikely to disappear in the near future. While recognizing the increasing importance of understanding social exclusion, this book provides valuable background on the concept and how it thrives in the economic and social situation of the world today. It offers numerous strategies for combating it and identifies appropriate ways to identify, analyse, and make social exclusion more visible and break through its opacity.

The volume also presents a detailed overview of the whole range of factors and their initiatives: international institutions and networks, governments and public administrations, workers’ and employers’ organizations, voluntary associations, the social economy and citizens’ and community initiatives. In addition, it makes a distinction between the reproductive, palliative, preventive and emancipatory strategies which are intended to combat social exclusion.