A Theory of Poverty and Social Exclusion

A Theory of Poverty and Social Exclusion

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Bill Jordan seeks to fill a gap in social scientific theory by accounting for why a deterioration in the living standards of the worst--off members of societies tends to coincide with the resurgence of free--market utopianism as a political creed.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 167 x 229 x 16mm | 438g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 0745616941
  • 9780745616940
  • 1,058,501

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The deterioration in the living standards of the worst-off membersof all kinds of societies has coincided with the resurgence offree-market utopianism as a political creed. Yet there is as yet noconvincing theory to link these two phenomena. Bill Jordan seeks tofill this gap in social scientific theory by explaining poverty andsocial exclusion in terms of collective action in exclusive groups.

The book draws on public choice theory for its analysis ofcollective action of all kinds, from households and clubs tocommunities and polities, and shows how the strategies ofindividuals and groups affect collective outcomes. Although themethods are primarily derived from this economic perspective, historical and comparative dimensions are extensively reviewed, with special reference to the feminization of poverty, and theracialization of social exclusion.

Bill Jordan draws on his wide knowledge of comparative socialpolicy to criticize currently fashionable theories of community andsocial citizenship. He argues that economic globalization and theactions of comfortable majorities in all the First World countrieshave increased the vulnerability of the poor, who in turn havetaken strategic resistance action that drives up social costs. Histheory includes an analysis of the threat to democracy posed bygrowing antagonisms between exclusive groups.

A Theory of Poverty and Social Exclusion is apathbreaking book which will be of marked interest to academics andstudents in sociology, social policy, politics and economics.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction: The Great Exclusion?. 2. Interdependency and Collective Action. 3. Missing Links. 4. Globalization and the Fragmentation of Welfare States. 5. Community, Polarization and Social Exclusion. 6. The Politics of Enforcement. 7. Conclusions: States and Social Policy. Bibliography and Sources. Index.
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Review Text

"With the burgeoning of research and debates on social exclusion, Bill Jordan s book provides a much-needed theory of poverty and social exclusion based not on the relativity of deprivation but on the social and economic relations of power in contemporary industrialized welfare societies." Fiona Williams, University of Leeds§"In this book Bill Jordan draws on a rich mix of sources, including public choice theory and his own work on the strategies of excluded households, to shake up tired theories of poverty and to throw light on the future of social policy in the US and Britain (with glances towards Eastern Europe). It is an exhilarating book: learned but impatient, pessimistic but inspiring. An honest attempt to make sense of the turmoil that is social policy today." Ian Gough, University of Bath§§"This is an important book which makes a valuable contribution to the theoretical debate about poverty and social exclusion. One of the main strengths of this work is its interdisciplinary focus ... this book is a valuable addition to the study of poverty and it is likely to stimulate much debate." British Journal of Sociology§§"This is an ambitious book which attempts to chart an entirely new course for studies of poverty and social exclusion. There is much to admire in this book. It takes a fresh and illuminating approach which enables a number of important points to be made about the choices facing both individuals and society as a whole. The global and European perspective adds depth to the argument and is also interesting in its own right. I would certainly recommend the book to anyone interested in moving beyond the rather tired circles of debates about poverty and/or social exclusion." Critical Social Policy§§"The theory is ... original and stimulating and appears to be substantially different from previous theories ... This is a highly stimulating book which often provokes and irritates but never bores the reader." Journal of European Social Policy§
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"With the burgeoning of research and debates on social exclusion, Bill Jordana s book provides a much--needed theory of poverty and social exclusion based not on the relativity of deprivation but on the social and economic relations of power in contemporary industrialized welfare societies." Fiona Williams, University of Leeds "In this book Bill Jordan draws on a rich mix of sources, including public choice theory and his own work on the strategies of excluded households, to shake up tired theories of poverty and to throw light on the future of social policy in the US and Britain (with glances towards Eastern Europe). It is an exhilarating book: learned but impatient, pessimistic but inspiring. An honest attempt to make sense of the turmoil that is social policy today." Ian Gough, University of Bath "This is an important book which makes a valuable contribution to the theoretical debate about poverty and social exclusion. One of the main strengths of this work is its interdisciplinary focus ... this book is a valuable addition to the study of poverty and it is likely to stimulate much debate." British Journal of Sociology "This is an ambitious book which attempts to chart an entirely new course for studies of poverty and social exclusion. There is much to admire in this book. It takes a fresh and illuminating approach which enables a number of important points to be made about the choices facing both individuals and society as a whole. The global and European perspective adds depth to the argument and is also interesting in its own right. I would certainly recommend the book to anyone interested in moving beyond the rather tired circles of debates about poverty and/or social exclusion." Critical Social Policy "The theory is ... original and stimulating and appears to be substantially different from previous theories ... This is a highly stimulating book which often provokes and irritates but never bores the reader." Journal of European Social Policy
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About Bill Jordan

Bill Jordan is Professor of Social Policy at Huddersfield University and Reader in Social Policy at London Metropolitan University.
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