On the margins of inclusion explores the notion of 'social exclusion' from the perspective of those deemed to be 'socially excluded' and provides a compelling and vivid portrait of lives at the insecure, low-paid end of the labour market.
The ethnography is used to illuminate key issues in sociology and social policy and to tackle debates and controversies that are central to current discussions on the appropriate role and function of state welfare. A thorough discussion of current policies to address social exclusion and area regeneration is woven into the fieldwork analysis.
On the margins of inclusion is essential reading for researchers, academics and higher-level students in sociology and social policy, and will also be of interest to policy makers in the field.
"David Smith ably weaves a narrative on how changing labour markets and social policies affect the lives of economically marginalised individuals. ... I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in issues surrounding marginality and exclusion in the post-industrial city." Urban Studies
"This is a well-argued and at times, passionately written book that voices its dismay at the current state of Britain's post-industrial labour market and benefit system ... I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in issues surrounding marginality and exclusion in the post-industrial city." Urban Studies
"Combining his personal experience and the evidence provided through the research, the author moves beyond dichotomous perspectives of structure or agency and recognizes the importance of interaction between structure and agency. ... Smith examines the process of evolution of concepts from poverty, to underclass and then social exclusion and explains those historical, institutional and political contexts which have influenced and shaped and reshaped the debates surrounding the causes of poverty and social exclusion. ... Being rich both in empirical evidence and analysis, the book is very useful for both academics and policy makers." Work, employment and society
WINNER OF THE SPA BEST NEW PUBLICATION AWARD 2007
David Smith's research interests include the evolution of the social exclusion concept, the social consequences of industrial and occupational change, welfare reform and comparative social policy. His research for On the margins of inclusion was conducted while at the Department of Social and Political Science, Royal Holloway College, University of London, UK.
Introduction; Globalisation and social exclusion; Poverty and social exclusion: theory and policy; Life and labour on the St. Helier estate 1930-2000; Labour market opportunities and welfare-to-work; Lone parents, work and welfare; Informal opportunities and social divisions; Labour markets, exclusion and social capital; On the margins of inclusion.