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Outsider and insider expertise: the response of residents of deprived neighbourhoods to an academic definition of social exclusion

Le Grand, Julian and Richardson, Liz (2002) Outsider and insider expertise: the response of residents of deprived neighbourhoods to an academic definition of social exclusion. CASEpaper, CASE/57. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Identification Number: CASE/57

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to compare academic interpretations of the term social exclusion with the understanding of people with direct experience of the phenomenon. A pre-selected group of residents of deprived neighbourhoods were asked about various aspects of the concept and their responses compared with the definitions of social exclusion used by Burchardt, Le Grand and Piachaud in their 1999 article in the journal Social Policy and Administration. In general, the residents’ understanding of the term corresponded well with the more academic definitions; however, in one or two key areas there were significant differences, for example, the importance of neighbourhood and ‘service poverty’, and the need for action against aspects of social exclusion on the grounds of social justice. This confirms that it might be useful for more academic concepts to be tested against the views of those with experience of the phenomenon which the concept is trying to capture.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/case
Additional Information: © 2002 Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 06 May 2008 13:52
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 07:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/4647

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