Sociology consists of a myriad of frequently confusing concepts. Key Concepts in Sociology provides a comprehensive, lively and clearly-written guide to the most important concepts in the subject. It includes both what might be regarded as ‘classic’ sociological concepts, such as ‘class’, ‘bureaucracy’ and ‘community’, as well as subjects that have become increasingly prominent in recent times, such as ‘celebrity’, ‘risk’ and ‘the body’.

Each of the thirty-eight substantive entries: Defines the concept; provides a clear and compelling narrative; clarifies the main debates, perspectives and disagreements; gives advice on further reading

Key Concepts in Sociology should be the first choice for sociology students at all levels of learning.

Social Exclusion

Social Exclusion
Social exclusion

Marshall gave this justification for using the concept of social exclusion:

Are there not growing numbers of people who are so irregularly in work, and therefore so marginal to civil society, that they constitute a discrete group, whose existence is simply overlooked in the conventional class literature, and whose class-related attributes are so distinct that they require separate treatment in a class analysis? (Marshall, 1997, in Braham and Janes, 2002: 368)

Social exclusion is usually regarded as operating economically, spatially, and through the application of exclusionary policies to restrict access to resources, opportunities, and relationships. For example, Cass et al.'s catalogue of exclusion included: ‘unemployment; deprivation; poverty; lack of community inclusion; geographical isolation; hard to reach groups and self-exclusion; poor access to facilities; and ...

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