From poverty to social justice: does the terminology make a difference to the practice?

Kelly, Lesley Ann, Juleff, Linda, McQuaid, Ronald W and Adams, John (2004) From poverty to social justice: does the terminology make a difference to the practice? In: Scottish Economic Society Conference, 30th March - 1st April 2004, Perth.

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Over the last ten years, the UK has seen a significant shift in terms of the way the poorer sections of society are classified. The Anglo-Saxon tradition of using the word “poverty” to describe those who are economically disadvantaged has given way to the European tradition of looking beyond merely monetary criteria. The term “poverty” has been replaced by “social exclusion” which in turn has been replaced by “social inclusion”, and more recently by “social justice”.

The purpose of this paper is to compare the meaning of these terms both within the context of the theory, and in the minds of those who are practitioners in this area of expertise. The paper presents the results from a survey of key players operating within the Scottish social inclusion framework, with respect to their understanding of the meaning of these concepts and discusses some of the implications that they have for the operation of such projects in practice. The research identifies a lack of understanding of the differences between the terms and discusses how this may impact on ‘social inclusion’ projects.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: poverty; social exclusion; economically disadvantaged; social justice; inclusion;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 361 Social problems & social welfare in general
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 2766
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2009 15:46
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 13:24

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