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David M. Smith

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346018

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346018.001.0001

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Globalisation and social exclusion

Globalisation and social exclusion

(p.17) Two Globalisation and social exclusion
On the margins of inclusion

David M. Smith

Policy Press

This chapter considers post-Fordism and post-industrialism theoretical approaches which have sought to make sense of the changes in the processes that have expanded the scale of global capitalism, to show how the ‘socially excluded’ have been located in contemporary debates about the changing industrial, occupational, and class structures of ‘post-industrial’ capitalism. It explains that in tracing the roots of the term ‘social exclusion’, Silver (1994) notes that each period of social and economic upheaval brings with it new concepts to categorise those groups most disadvantaged by change. It observes that while previous periods brought concepts of ‘poverty’, and ‘unemployment’, so contemporary changes have given rise to new conceptions: ‘underclass’, the ‘new poverty’ and ‘social exclusion’.

Keywords:   post-Fordism, post-industrialism, theoretical approaches, global capitalism, post-industrial capitalism, poverty, unemployment, underclass, new poverty, social exclusion

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