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1st Edition

Theorising Social Exclusion

ISBN 9780415475853
Published September 28, 2009 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

Social exclusion attempts to make sense out of multiple deprivations and inequities experienced by people and areas, and the reinforcing effects of reduced participation, consumption, mobility, access, integration, influence and recognition. This book works from a multidisciplinary approach across health, welfare, and education, linking practice and research in order to improve our understanding of the processes that foster exclusion and how to prevent it.

Theorising Social Exclusion first reviews and reflects upon existing thinking, literature and research into social exclusion and social connectedness, outlining an integrated theory of social exclusion across dimensions of social action and along pathways of social processes. A series of commissioned chapters then develop and illustrate the theory by addressing the machinery of social exclusion and connectedness, the pathways towards exclusion and, finally, experiences of exclusion and connection.

This innovative book takes a truly multidisciplinary approach and focuses on the often-neglected cultural and social aspects of exclusion. It will be of interest to academics in fields of public health, health promotion, social work, community development, disability studies, occupational therapy, policy, sociology, politics, and environment.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introducing Theories of Social Exclusion and Social Connectedness  Part 2: Applied aspects of Social Exclusion and Social Connectedness  2.1. The Other Side of Social Exclusion: Interrogating the Role of the Privileged in Reproducing Inequality  2.2 Professional discretion and social exclusion  2.3 Not measuring up: low-income women receiving welfare benefits  2.4 Inner city high-rise living: a catalyst for social exclusion and social connectedness  2.5 The Influence of ‘Access’ on Social Exclusion and Social Connectedness for People with Disabilities  2.6 The relationship between undertaking an informal caring role and social exclusion  2.7 Debating the capacity of information and communication technology to promote inclusion  2.8 The Reading Discovery Program: increasing social inclusion of marginalised families  2.9 Immigration and social exclusion: Examining health inequalities of immigrants through acculturation lenses  2.10 Discourse, power and exclusion: the experiences of childless women  2.11 Over 60 and beyond … the alienation of a new generation. Exploring the alienation of older people from society    2.12 "Exclusion By Inclusion": bisexual young people, marginalisation and mental health in relation to substance abuse  2.13 Hope of a nation – experiences of social exclusion giving rise to spaces of inclusion for people living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa: a reflection  2.14 Othering, marginalisation and pathways to exclusion in health  2.15 Understanding processes of social exclusion: silence, silencing and shame  Part 3: Reflections and conclusions

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The editors are all based in the School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, where:

Ann Taket holds a Chair in Health and Social Exclusion and is Director of the Centre for Health through Action on Social Exclusion;

Beth Crisp is Associate Professor of Social Work;

Annemarie Nevill is an Associate Lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion;

Greer Lamaro is an Associate Lecturer in Public Health and Health Promotion;

Melissa Graham is a Senior Lecturer in health research and epidemiology; and

Sarah Barter-Godfrey is a researcher in public health.


'This landmark book focuses on how social exclusion and social connectedness are constructed in the context of the lived experiences of people and groups, and in particular those who view themselves as marginalised and oppressed... This book would suit both occupational science and therapy students across undergraduate and postgraduate levels as well as practitioners who want to learn about social and occupational justice issues across personal, community and societal levels from multidisciplinary perspectives.'Journal of Occupational Science