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Reviewing the terms of inclusion: transactional processes, currencies and context

Witcher, Sally (2003) Reviewing the terms of inclusion: transactional processes, currencies and context. CASEpaper (67). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London, UK.

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This paper sets out an overarching theoretical framework for explaining and exploring the processes of social exclusion, incorporating themes from the literature. It proposes that inclusion hinges on participation in social relationships enacted through ¿transactional processes¿, where currencies are assessed and goods distributed or withheld accordingly. ¿Currencies¿ are not just financial, but also human ¿ evidence of human or social capital ¿ what people have, do or are. The currencies required depend on the objective of the transaction. However, even where people have currency, transaction may be prevented by inaccessible infrastructure (buildings, transport, communications, etc), or through failure to recognize currency. Both poverty (lack of capital or currencies) and discrimination (failure to enable, recognize, or act consistently upon, the presentation of currencies) need to be tackled. The components that make up social context are explored: the norms and socio-cultural objectives (economic, social, political, etc) and the transactions, currencies and goods which are consequently prioritized. Terms of inclusion may accommodate more, or less, objectives, currencies and goods, notwithstanding that some objectives will be mutually incompatible and that production of certain goods (e.g. land) cannot be increased. Objectives and norms impact on how identity is construed, or misconstrued. A typology of discrimination is described, along with its potential exclusory outcomes. Yet, changes in attitudes and priorities might reveal scope for redrafting the terms of inclusion to promote and preserve greater diversity within the mainstream.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2003 Sally Witcher
Divisions: Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I31 - General Welfare; Basic Needs; Living Standards; Quality of Life; Happiness
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2008 08:44
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 22:56

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