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Social exclusion: limitations of the debate

Bowring, Finn ORCID: 2000. Social exclusion: limitations of the debate. Critical Social Policy 20 (3) , pp. 307-330. 10.1177/026101830002000303

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This article is a critique of what Ruth Levitas calls the ‘redistributionist discourse’ on social exclusion. While outlining a number of factors that have caused the living standards and welfare of the poorest members of society to deteriorate in recent years, I argue that there are serious limitations in the attempt to define social deprivation as shameinducing exclusion from social norms. I argue that, if breaking the cultural foundations of capitalism is a goal, then this means breaking with the dominant values of ever-rising consumer expectations. It means breaking with the logic of exchange-values, which dictates that the only needs worth expressing are those that correspond to commodity equivalents. As I argue in my conclusion, it also means breaking the link between the right to an income and the obligation to earn or use that income in ways consistent with the economic and cultural hegemony of capitalism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
ISSN: 0261-0183
Date of Acceptance: 1 May 2000
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2022 11:20

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