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Rethinking Social Exclusion

Rethinking Social Exclusion
The End of the Social?

  • Simon Winlow - Social Futures Institute, Teesside University
  • Steve Hall - Social Futures Institute, Teesside University

Social Problems

December 2013 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘…classic Winlow and Hall – bleak, brilliant and unmatched in the art of rethinking crucial social issues. Enlightening, and rather scary.’
- Professor Beverley Skeggs, Goldsmiths, University of London

‘This superb book inhabits a unique theoretical space and demonstrates Winlow and Hall at their brilliant best as theorists of contemporary social exclusion.’
- Professor John Armitage, University of Southampton

‘…making exemplary use of critical theory, this book represents a powerful, rallying response to Benjamin's notion that "It is only for the sake of those without a hope that hope is given to us"’.
- Dr Paul A. Taylor, author of Zizek and the Media

‘… an intellectual tour de force. Winlow and Hall, outriders of a radically different political economy for our era, have done it again. Their latest book is the critical criminology book of the decade, and the best account of capitalism since the 2008 crash… A devastating critical analysis of the effects of neo-liberalism.’
- Professor Steve Redhead, Charles Sturt University

'I had long regarded "social exclusion" to be another zombie-concept that retained no analytic or political purchase whatsoever. This book has changed my mind.'
- Professor Roger Burrows, Goldsmiths, University of London

In their quest to rethink the study of ‘social exclusion’, Winlow and Hall offer a startling analysis of social disintegration and the retreat into subjectivity. They claim that the reality of social exclusion is not simply displayed in ghettos and sink estates. It can also be discerned in exclusive gated housing developments, in the non-places of the shopping mall, in the deadening reality of low-level service work – and in the depressing uniformity of our political parties.

Simon Winlow is Professor of Criminology at the Social Futures Institute, Teesside University.

Steve Hall is Professor of Criminology at the Social Futures Institute, Teesside University.

About the Authors
Introduction: Post-crash Social Exclusion
Social Exclusion: The European Tradition
Social Exclusion: The US Tradition
Re-positioning Social Exclusion
Politics at the End of History
A Reserve Army of Labour?
A Reserve Army of Consumers?
Occupying Non-Places
Excluded from What?
Glossary of Terms

As an intervention in the contemporary theory of poverty, Winlow and Hall’s work is powerful.

Johan Pries
People, Place & Policy

I think this book will go over the heads of my undergrads. It is interesting, but just a little too inaccessible for young students new to scholarly writing/reading.

Dr Taryn VanderPyl
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Pacific University
June 5, 2016

The book was well reviewed on CrimeTalk and it will make a welcome addition to my sociology of crime and deviance reading lists because of its contemporary and strong analysis of social exclusion.

Professor Colin Sumner
Department of Sociology, University College Cork (NUI)
April 27, 2015

good book which explores the root cause of exclusion and helps student to think beyond. Sections of the book used to prepare lectures and student reading

Mr Hansa Jethwa
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
December 17, 2014

Such a refreshing, engaging text, especially in the advancing tide of neoliberal discourse permeating many aspects of social life. I particularly liked the call for social researchers to resist acting as mere 'gun dogs, flushing out and retrieving' data for funders to fit neatly into their pre-determined agendas.

Dr Michele Lloyd
School of Education, Hertfordshire University
December 12, 2014

A provocative and engaging critical approach that expands the debate on social exclusion beyond the disappointingly narrow bounds within which it is usually conducted.

Dr Scott Yates
Division of Youth & Community, De Montfort University
November 7, 2014

A very impressive text. Thorough coverage of a great deal of information and thought provoking concepts.Writing style engages readers throughout.

Mr Michael Hall
Management, City College Norwich
August 23, 2014

This is an excellent book that highlights the key debates in society.

Ms Andrea Collins
Faculty of Education, Univ. of St Mark & St John
July 21, 2014

Of late analysis of social exclusion has been trapped by debilitating political and academic inertia. This book is a game-changer; it engages in stunningly acerbic analysis to re-catalyse critical debate regarding issues that policy-makers and society alike will ignore at their peril.

Mr Graham Bright
Faculty of Education & Theology, York St John University College
April 4, 2014

Excellent text for students in social work programmes - relevant across many areas of practice, policy and theory. Highly recommended.

Dr Kim Robinson
Social Work (Medway), University of Kent
March 28, 2014

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Introduction: Post–crash Social Exclusion

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