Social Exclusion

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Open University Press, 1999 - Social Science - 158 pages
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Social exclusion is the buzz phrase for the complex range of social problems which derive from the substantial increase in social inequality in Western societies. This volume examines these problems in societies where manufacturing industry is no longer the main basis for employment and the universal welfare states established after World War II are under attack. It reviews theories of social exclusion, including the Christian democratic and social democratic assertions of solidarity with which the term originated, Marxist accounts of the recreation of the reserve army of labour, and neo-liberal assertions of the sovereignty of the market in which the blame for exclusion is assigned to the excluded themselves.

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David Byrne is cofounder of the influential and innovative musical group Talking Heads. In addition to being a critically acclaimed musician, he is also a director, producer, documentarian, composer, photographer, and designer. He has published many books of his artwork, and has recently shown at Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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