Tackling Social Exclusion

2nd Edition

By John Pierson

© 2010 – Routledge

230 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2009-10-15
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About the Book

The concept of social exclusion has been a central focus of government policy for the past ten years and is now at the core of much practitioner activity.

Thoroughly updated, this much needed second edition shows how social workers can combat the social exclusion experienced by service users and at the same time promote social inclusion. It clearly and accessibly demonstrates how concepts and theories of social exclusion can be used to improve practice. Tackling Social Exclusion covers:

  • social work perspectives and approaches promoting social inclusion
  • contemporary issues such as preventative work with young children and families, anti-social behaviour and tensions relating to ethnicity, immigration and faith
  • the role of the voluntary sector and how service agencies can change their organisation to promote inclusion
  • the skills needed when working with specific groups including children and families, young people, vulnerable adults and communities as well as new material on social exclusion in more rural areas.

Each chapter is grounded in up-to-date practice examples and explores through activities, case studies and exercises how the perspective of social exclusion is changing social work today.


'Essential reading for students, educators and practitioners. It shows how the many dimensions to inequality embedded in social exclusion should be a central focus for social work. It carries its analysis through into genuinely useful case studies and activities. Its clarity and commitment engage you from start to finish.' - Eileen McLeod, University of Warwick, UK

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. What social exclusion means 2. Social exclusion: perspectives and approaches to practice 3. Five building blocks for tackling exclusion 4. Working with socially excluded families 5. Reversing the exclusion of young people 6. Working with socially excluded adults 7. Working with disadvantaged communities and neighbourhoods 8. Racism and social exclusion 9. Deprivation and isolation in rural areas 10. Activities: pointers to the issues

About the Author

John Pierson was formerly a senior lecturer in Social Work and Applied Social Studies at Staffordshire University. He now works as a consultant and visiting lecturer at the Creative Communities Unit at Staffordshire University. He is co-editor and author of the Dictionary of Social Work, Rebuilding Community: Policy and Practice in Urban Regeneration (2001), and Going Local: Working in Communities and Neighbourhoods (2007).

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