This collection of work has been produced as a result of a major 1994 UK seminar on the measurement and analysis of social exclusion, sponsored by the European Commission and the UK Department of Social Security. There are contributions from a wide range of academics with varying backgrounds.
Three main concerns are targeted:
the conceptualisation of social exclusion;
the measurement of social exclusion;
the indicators for monitoring the effectiveness of policies for combating social exclusion.
This book provides an invaluable review of the literature available and presents major new thinking in terms of theory, understanding and data analysis. It will be important reading for students, researchers and policy makers working in this field.
"The book marks an important attempt to shift focus and break with tradition. It is excellent in synthesising past research and debate." Sociology
Contents: Poverty and social exclusion: the new European agenda for policy and research ~ Graham Room; Social exclusion in Europe: policy context and analytical framework ~ Jos Berghman; In what sense is poverty multidimensional? ~ Brendan J. Whelan and Christopher T. Whelan; The spiral of precariousness: a multidimensional approach to the process of social disqualification in France ~ Serge Paugam; Between survey and social services analysis: an inquiry 'on two lines and three levels' ~ Francesca Zajczyk; The dynamics of poverty and social exclusion ~ Robert Walker; 'What a difference a day makes': the significance for social policy of the duration of social assistance receipt ~ Petra Buhr and Stephan Leibfried; Social exclusion and spatial stress: the connections ~ Hans Kristensen; Measuring socioeconomic differences within areas: a French analysis ~ Isa Aldeghi; Measuring socioeconomic disintegration at the local level in Europe: an analytical framework ~ Frank Moulaert; The development of the 1991 Local Deprivation Index ~ Brian Robson, Michael Bradford and Rachel Tye; Public attitudes to social exclusion: some problems of measurement and analysis ~ Peter Golding; Conclusions ~ Graham Room.