On the margins of inclusion

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:
On the margins of inclusion

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This chapter expands certain policy implications on chronic economic and labour market disadvantage and draws some general conclusions from the research concerning the potential of current policy to assist social inclusion through labour market integration. It observes that strategies of economic maximisation featured prominently in the respondents' accounts of the imperatives influencing labour market behaviour. It opines that in the absence of employment that provides any intrinsic satisfaction or alternative means of self-respect, the material rewards of employment are central since they provide the only incentive to enter formal work. It notes however that ‘rational’ economic considerations are largely eclipsed by a variety of competing concerns that are informed by a more comprehensive understanding of social exclusion than the rather limited version that is providing an organising principle for ‘Third Way’ social policies.

Keywords: labour market disadvantage; social inclusion; labour market integration; economic maximisation; self-respect; social exclusion; Third Way

Chapter.  8300 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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