Social Inclusion

Social inclusion is an important concept that can be looked at from diverse perspectives. The term is used in educational as well as social, political, and even economic contexts. Kindergartens, schools, universities, communities, and the Internet are asked to become inclusive systems. As diverse actors use the term in their own ways, the lack of common understanding can become confusing. There is a consensus that inclusion is a guideline related to solidarity, cohesion, alliance, and community and is opposed to exclusion, segregation, and discrimination. This entry first defines social inclusion. It then considers the specific meaning of social inclusion embedded in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The entry concludes by examining how discourses and policies on inclusion have supported the development ...

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