Globalisation and social exclusion

David M. Smith

in On the margins of inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346018
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302872 | DOI:
Globalisation and social exclusion

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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

Chapter.  8448 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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